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  May 2005
volume 3 number 2
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  home   (archived)
  contributing poets
  Aurora Antonovic
  Tom Berman
  Cristogianni Borsella
  Dana Campbell
  Tobi Cogswell
  Peggy Dobreer
  Francisco Dominguez
  Marvin Dorsey
  Melissa Fischer
  Steve Goldman
  Melanie Gonzalez
  Wendy Grosskopf
  Debashish Haar
  Matt Harris
  Paula Sfier Kattan
  Marie Lecrivain
  Laura A. Lionello
  Harold Lorin
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Dave Nordling
  Aire Celeste Norell
  Angel Perales
  Catherine Rajca
  Cat Risinger
  Ariel Robello
  Kate Soto
  Clee Villasor
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Ariel Robello
May 2005



    Ariel Robello is a poet based in Echo Park. In 2002, she was awarded an Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellowship with PEN West. She is the founder of Full Moon Phases, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational women's poetry cipher.
    She has featured at the World Stage, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, and Voz Alta. Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in Urban Latino Magazine, el Aviso Magazine, The Sense of Site Project produced by Writers at Work, Poetry Is Not A Luxury, an Anthology of Poems by Women of Color in Los Angeles, the Luna Xol Anthology cd and the Never Ending Battle (produced by 5th Battalion).
    Her current joy is teaching poetry in local high schools with Pen in the Classroom and the HeART project. Her first book of poems, My Sweet Unconditional, will be out on Tia Chucha Press in April 2005.



Child of questions

                    Live your questions now,
    and perhaps

        even without knowing it, you will live

            along some distant day into your


                       Rainer Maria Rilke

in between the underwear ads and the text of the presidential address

there is the question only a child would dare ask why

in 1941 it cost 5 cents to print the compound equation of all our doubts

six generations later there are still no answers

we appear cleaner than we did yesterday

our hands tied to the remote

we watch shrapnel burrow in an endless desert

an engineering student seared live!

the school of mud walls collapses live!

a maidservant’s lung perched on bayonet live!

our perverse uncle burnt in effigy all live!

child of questions sing sweet reason

make of your eyes reflecting pools

catch them at their windows

stop them mid-sentence

barking into red phones

their tongues barbed with this nonsensical language

its rules always bending to make way for exclusion

child of questions fight off your ABCs

block print apathy A B U

Abu Haider is taping his windows

he will stand alone to defend his bookstore

his daughter’s questions ringing in his head

fifth graders down the hall spin 50 Cent

cause they gonna get rich or die trying

the war drum is bouncing down Hoover in a 67’ Impala

red and white stripes whipping from the chrome rims

child of questions driving uninsured

his sagging-jean resolve to get back at the MAN

a wardrobe not afforded peace of mind

copyright 2004 Ariel Robello