Law 116

Alternating Current Press
Jun 9 · 2 min read
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Poem by Angelica Esquivel


Helen Rodríguez Trías asked a question in 1970.
She asked it in San Juan, in California, in places

by the ocean populated by people who look
like us: black hair, black eyes. Our ancestors,

she remembered, were astronomers. They charted
the skies, believed that black holes

were the source of all life.

The U.S. courts called the forced sterilization of
one third of all Puerto Rican women

a cultural misunderstanding.
Helen Rodríguez Trías stood before the judges,

these people who didn’t look like her, and asked
a question, a life-giving one:

What have you done?

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ANGELICA ESQUIVEL is an Ohioan artist and writer. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where she received three Hopwood Awards as well as the Quinn Creative Writing Prize for Best Thesis.

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The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Alternating Current Press

Written by

Indie press dedicated to lit that challenges readers & has a sense of self, timelessness, & atmosphere. Publisher of @CoilMag #CoilMag (http://thecoilmag.com)

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

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