Amanda Rodriguez


Amanda Rodriguez is a queer, first generation Cuban-American and an environmental activist living in Weaverville, NC. She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, NC. Her short fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry can be found in Germ Magazine, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Mud Season Review, Thoughtful Dog, Rigorous, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Change Seven, Cold Creek Review, NILVX (upcoming), and Lou Lit Review (upcoming).


Don’t rub my back with your
Two-faced palm and
Claim comfort. 

When I'm cold, don’t
Give me my own bones and
Tell me to build a fire. 

Don't cut down a forest and
Marvel at all
The space you made for us. 

When I'm thirsty, don’t
Give me a Dixie cup
Full of broken glass and
Call it ice. 

Don't hang diamonds
From the sky and
Tell me they're stars.



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