issue 1: sept 2015, Poetry
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IDIOMA MATERNO | MOTHER TONGUE PT. 1

“This work follows a period of inquiry into language, power and colonialism. I am primarily an artist, but writing is symbiotic to my visual arts practice. The subtitle of this work is taken from Monolingualism of The Other or The Prosthesis of Origin, by Jacques Derrida, which struck me as a beautiful mental map of the relationships between birth, blood, soil and language. This work is autobiographical to some extent, but mostly draws from Honduran indigenous folklore, storytelling, and familial memory.”

IDIOMA MATERNO | MOTHER TONGUE PT. 1 by Nancy Valladares

Me tropiezo
Over and over again
In this
Idioma

That
Does not belong to me

Como puedo
Contar una historia
Without
A language

That can express
La sensación

De tropezar
Una y otra vez

And over, and over
Again

Como puedo
Contar las historias
Of my mothers y
De mis ancestros

En idiomas
That were imposed
Upon
Them

Como puedo
Find the words
To express
Lo que me cuentan los ríos,
la Tierra
Y el mar

Mother Tongue is the first in a series composed of five poems. One will be posted each week of September.

Nancy Valladares is Honduran by birth, of Mixed ethnicity, and an immigrant– she is unapologetically brown. She lives and studies in Chicago, working to get her BFA at SAIC. You can find her on tumblr and instagram. Illustration by Raz.

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