posts tagged Boricua

October 08, 2016

From Mayagüez to San Juan: Somos Puerto Rico

By Ana Portnoy Brimmer

Every muscle in my body was tense. My jaw, elbows, and back were locked without the remotest possibility of release. My fingers were tight around the steering wheel, eyes wide, darting from windshield, to mirror, to blindspot, and back, heart racing like I was running a marathon. I was driving in San Juan.

Shifting between defensive and offensive driving and constantly making sure I was still alive, I realized how much I missed the narrow, single-laned, crowded-in-by-mango-trees streets of my hometown: Mayagüez.

August 27, 2016

Poesía: Healing, Resisting, and Building Bridges

By Ana Portnoy Brimmer

“I am the memory of…” the room filled with the barely audible sound of pen on paper, the poets sitting around the table reacting, manifesting, to the writing prompt. Smiles, lip biting, furrowed brows, and deep sighs went around the table.

Mariposa read the next writing prompt. “I feel most alive when...”