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
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