Enrique García Naranjo



Enrique García Naranjo is a poet, performer and pocho from Tucson, Arizona. He is a Tucson Youth Poetry Slam alumnus, a Spoken Futures INC staff member and a Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund grantee. In 2014, García Naranjo published his debut collection of poetry, Tortoise Boy Says (Spoken Futures 2014). His work has been published by and included in SandScript: Art & Literary MagazineTranscendence Magazine, Sunday Kinfolk and more. Currently, García Naranjo is writing new poems and crate digging for records to sample.


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            for Leilani

For centuries, la lucha has been

bloody & tragic, pero even

in the face of travesty, there

have been those who dared to

sing these words:


Amor, esperanza, dignidad.


These words have been given to me.

The histories of courageous men,

who have sacrificed so I could sing,

are engraved in the stones of our shrines.

But, what of the women?


Las muxeres, Brown

& beautiful.

Las muxeres, dignas

& diligent.


In the dream of absolute liberation,

these words are for the women

of la Raza, the women

who have raised & loved me,

the women who we must

honor & praise.


Para las muxeres who have

worked as hard as any

man under the sun.


Para las muxeres who curse

& love & hurt in

the same breath,

who remember

to live on

with heads high

& drumming hearts.

Para las muxeres

holy & unholy,

que ni son santas,

ni putas,

solo muxeres.


Chicanas, Mexicanas,

Pochas, Morenas, Negras,

Güeras, Mestizas, Latinas,

Queer & Transgendered;

las muxeres who

cultivate the love

of our people y las mujeres

quien se quedan desprietas

so we can sleep & dream.


We must celebrate our heroines but

hold accountable our men—

my brothers & fathers,

for their words & actions.


In the dream of absolute liberation,

we must wake up & acknowledge

la causa cannot be placed over anyone,

si no, it must serve the people holding it up.


In the dream of absolute liberation

& in the wake of revolution,

these words are not for me, si no,

para mis hermanos, who need to hear them,

y para mis hermanas, who need to know

their fathers, their brothers, their lovers,

their allies are here to stand with them.


¡Ya basta con el machismo!

¡Ya basta con sexual & domestic violence!

¡Ya basta con estupideces!

¡Que siga nuestra lucha!

¡Que viva la Muxer!


© The Acentos Review 2015