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American Life In Poetry


I'm afraid that if I'd asked my grandparents what the past was like they'd say it was "hard," and that would be it. But Megan Arlett is privileged to have a grandmother who knows how to enchant us with colors and odors and sounds. Arlett was born in the U.K., grew up in Spain, and now lives in Texas.

I Ask My Grandmother What Trinidad Was Like in 1960

Paradise with a thousand stings, she replies.

Deep blue and blazing sky. Incessant cicadas,

scuttle of bug and roach. Fleas, mosquitos,

the threat of scorpions. Men leaning on doorposts,

crowding the bar. Smoking, drinking,

laughing descenda...

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