POETRY
Amidst Hurricane Irma
Luis Lopez-Maldonado

Photo by Wil Stewart on Unsplash

Photo by Wil Stewart on Unsplash

I emerge from ashes like beast
because it’s September something
& I haven’t smiled since January
since backstabbing amigas tried
to take me down since Notre Dame
turned its’ back on Latino Chicano
Immigrant students dreamers believers
since white editor’s can’t seem to fit
my work in their work until nexttime
until my next batch of poems
sorry abuelita y Virgencita de Guadalupe
but my puppy days are over
& I emerge from ashes like beast
like wolf like lion like god like Irma
non-apologetic smashing fears
eating people’s faces off—
my body cracks in tenthousand places
& this queer brown boi runs
soars & roars into the light.  


LUIS LOPEZ-MALDONADO is a Xicanx poeta, playwright, dancer, choreographer, and educator, born and raised in Southern California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Riverside in Creative Writing and Dance. His poetry has been seen in The American Poetry Review, Foglifter, The Packinghouse Review, Public Pool, and Spillway, among many others. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from Florida State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a poetry editorial assistant for the Notre Dame Review, founder of the men's writing workshop in the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center and the Recipient of the Sparks Summer Fellowship 2016. He is currently a co-founder and editor at The Brillantina Project. www.luislopez-maldonado.com