Los Barrios

Mural, East Village, NYC. Photo: © C. Shade. All rights reserved.

Under restless seas—children
gone—crimson
bones in the yellow water
of history. Strawberry mothers examine

paint samples for bedrooms
while someone’s syrup
neighborhood is for sale. Different
desires
can live
comfortably side-by-

side on the same
street as long
as some children are taught
how not to
want.

Red-pulsing line of
segregation
carving
the darkening valley,
silent souls facing stars.
Brown lips break
 words from

mooring
clothes lines
steel bridges cut
from sugarcane.

 

by Terri Muuss

 

From Cagibi Issue 1: Four Poems by Terri Muuss

 

Terri Muuss.jpegTerri Muuss is a multi-career tour de force who balances a full-time social work gig with directing shows, writing books, speaking at conferences and colleges, running a private practice, performing her one-woman show, teaching writing workshops and curating a popular poetry series with her husband, author Matt Pasca. Her poetry has appeared in dozens of publications and anthologies, including Atticus Review, Paterson Literary Review, Stirring, University of Indiana Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Luna Luna Magazine and Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, and her first book, Over Exposed (2013), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2015, Terri began curating Second Saturdays @Cyrus and, in 2016, co-edited an anthology of New York women poets entitled Grabbing the Apple. After years spent working the stages of New York City, Vermont and Dublin, Terri has also performed her one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll—named “Best Theatre: Critics’ Pick of the Week” by the New York Post—around the United States and Canada since 1998, and directed countless Off-Off-Broadway productions. As a motivational speaker, artist and social worker, Muuss keynotes and runs workshops at conferences, colleges and high schools across the nation. Her second book, God’s Spine, is forthcoming. www.terrimuuss.com

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