El Amor Prohibido El Paso
Previously published in New Border
Voices Anthology (Texas A&M University Press, 2014)
If you have a light, stay outside,
no smoking allowed, prohibido el paso.
Creating a nuisance on the platform
is strictly forbidden, prohibido el paso.
Alien hunting in area 51, the government
says no, conspiracy theory, prohibido el paso.
Check your local listings this show is not
available in all areas, prohibido el paso.
Alien hunting in Arizona, the government
says yes, no tres passing, prohibido el paso.
Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars
go directly to jail, prohibido el paso.
This is America and we speak English,
Spanish is strictly prohibited, El Paso.
My work has appeared in *Cimarron Review*, *Guernica*, *Post Road* and
*Matter*, among others and is anthologized in *New Border Voices *(Texas
A&M University Press), *Goodbye Mexico: Poems of Remembrance* (Texas Review
Press) and *Outrage: A Protest Anthology for Injustice in a 9/11 World*
(Slough Press). I won the Manitoba Magazine Publishers Association Award
for Best Suite of Poems and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New
Poets 2015. I earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s
Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College
and the University of Texas at El Paso.