AndalucÃa Ilisten to this poem
When I see Alejandro I do not wear shoes. Because the sand is soft and the soft is always expanding and he likes to look at me! me flickering through all of his rooms, watering over his garden and shushing his child and reading books
I do not understand. I cannot trust myself with books. Books with words:
Even Eden was tainted. No one means to carry their burdens to good places.
If I wear shoes it will compel me to leave so I stay down like a sea without nerve or hunger and I speak in tongues things about obedience, things of sex in the morning while Spain watches. Sometimes I think she judges me. Spain is a woman who knows about being conquered and conquering.
Alejandro says I partial to my madness, that I ought to make him lemon water and make him love. We condemn our palace, I say. I am drugged by opium and the sea.
Your eyes are bloodshot, he says. Sleep.
Before I sleep, I ask, where am I?
Bad girls go to AndalucÃa.
IIlisten to this poem
How do I explain AndalucÃa?
I went there and saw myself
unfolding. I did not miss anything,
and this scared me.
How do I explain AndalucÃa?
The great gateway,
The necromancy of bones on bones.
The tango of owls.
Bleeding into new forms, a doily moon.
How do I explain AndalucÃa
what it feels like to finally stop living?
An impossibly slow flamenco.
A serif written by tongue on all the wrong words.
Why don’t I want to leave?
I can barely speak the language.
AndalucÃa, we are in an abusive relationship.
IIIlisten to this poem
Alejandro haunted me from the Straight of Gibraltar to Barcelona, saw me from the street and said: bona tarda! Black and white flowers fell from his mouth. I potted them inside me.
Late in the night we had more cava, dined under Castle Montjuic. The castle fed me thoughts of death. How could I leave a place with castles? How could I leave a world of youth and balconies? How could I abandon clay sculptures?
Alejandro sang in Catalan. I saw my father in his skin. I saw my father in his face. I started to mouth the words you look so much like my father when the castle said no baby, don’t bring your pain to dinner.
IVlisten to this poem
Alejandros stands in the garden.
There are tears
for miles, and inky cherubs everywhere.
My addictions to the ocean and to lies.
Alejandro looks at me. He is the marionette of AndalucÃa. He is the sea.
The Alejandros heave and sound the drum-roll of ancient civilizations.
Somewhere inside me he clobbers a beast and I tend to a child. Somewhere
inside me I clobber a beast and he is a child,
and there was my childhood,
my knobby knees; the need to be beautiful,
and there laid the collateral of my life,
weaknesses in me that smelled like the Mediterranean
You don’t need a sea to be happy