My mother/her own name plain/wished more for me: Lola Madrigal/willed my rejection of ranch house, bib and burpcloth in favor of antics, even capers /gigantic love/the eternal softness of poppies/She couldn’t foresee my demands, couldn’t predict how blue vitriol cracked under the weight of wonderland
Why would she write this about me? Does she realize her mistake? The tap of her finger without thinking A text sent to the wrong party ME! About ME! I want to confront her Stop by her house Read her MY version of the riot act Tell her it’s none of her damn business ANYWAY.
This week, we will be reprinting the work of poets from Flower Song Press. Get their work here: Flower Song Press. It is fantastic!
Luivette Resto is an award-winning poet, a mother of 3 revolutionary humans, a Wonder Woman fan, and a middle school English teacher. She was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in the Bronx. She is a CantoMundo and Macondo Fellow and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her two books of poetry Unfinished Portrait and Ascension have been published by Tía Chucha Press. Her third poetry collection Living on Islands Not Found on Map, published by FlowerSong Press, won the 2022 Juan Felipe Herrera Best Poetry Book Award at the International Latino Book Awards. She lives in the San Gabriel Valley.
In The Journal of Radical Wonder, we look at the world through the lens of wonder. We are looking for beauty, art, nature, humanity, truth. We fight against cynicism and try to understand the complex nature of joy. Art. Nature. Humanity. Beauty. Truth.