Monday, February 25, 2019

Costco Gringos

A poem by Marc García-Martínez

Past the MAGA caps
perched atop those viejos’
grey hair.

Then mu-mu waddling ladies
with more ketchup
and kitty litter than
they can ever

Past pinkish white ankles,
flip-flopped shorts and
discolored tattoos—too
many tattoos.

Turn to three drooping
shouldered teens,
mouthing and tonguing
their food.

Giving pizza looks at me,
eyes deep sockets of lethargy,
they see me passing
in loathing.


What are you doing
drinking Pepsi at 9:30 a.m.?

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A grandchild of Revolution-era immigrants from Western and Northern Mexico, Marc García-Martínez is a Professor of English at Allan Hancock College in Santa María, California, and a Lecturer for the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Flesh-and-Blood Aesthetics of Alejandro Morales: Disease, Sex, and Figuration (San Diego State University Press, 2014), the first full-length scholarly study in English on the innovative work of Chicano writer Alejandro Morales.


msedano said...

órale, Marc García-Martínez! welcome to la bloga.

Daniel Cano said...

Looks like La Bloga's comments section has been hijacked by advertisers. Too bad. Takes away from the ambiente of a fine poem like Garcia-Matinez's.