The Acentos Review May 2012

Daniel Enrique Pérez was born in Texas and raised in Phoenix. He descends from a long line of farm workers. He holds a Ph.D. in Chicana/o literature with a subfield in creative writing from Arizona State University. Currently an associate professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at the University of Nevada in Reno, his research and writing centers on the intersections of gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. He is the author of Rethinking Chicana/o and Latina/o Popular Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and editor of Heritage on Stage: A Teatro Bravo Anthology (Lion and Seagoat, Forthcoming 2012). His poetry has appeared in Abya Yala, Ahora, Confluencia, and other venues.
1 Poem

Freeing the Latin Lover

The Latin Lover
	is not Latin
	or a lover
		but a man
		who has been consumed
		by the masses
		for more than a century.

He is tired
	tired of
	this tired role
		he has played 
		for far too long.

Don Juan doesn’t want 
	any more women
	falling at his feet
		no more baring his chest
		no more fake accents
		or mustachioed lips.

	he wants to live
	and love
	as everyone else does
		just plain living
		simple loving
			no lights
			no sound
			no disguises.