hubitat video


the hub     south bronx ny     2016

looking for a countable city   una ciudad de cuentos   un condado sin hacendados   a city
that knows its names   its tags   a city that tugs   at the brainstrings   makes strange things
so familiar   its immigrant roots   and hedge fund rot   a city wrought   in faded iron   irony
of being   killed while walking   waking nightmare   Lavoe nailed it   el todopoderoso   the
almighty   is nothing if not   within each one of us others   our disaster flow   our colonized
eyes   breath variants   buzz of arrivants   the stub   of a hub   the echo of a sound   the
grime that holds its ground

Urayoán Noel

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Urayoán Noel is a CantoMundo fellow and longtime Bronx resident whose most recent books are Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (Arizona, 2015) and In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (Iowa, 2014).

This poem is part of WOKITOKITEKI, an improvisational video poetry project.

Photograph by Christie MacLean


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