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Monday, January 21, 2013

POET: Richard Blanco

Although Tía Miriam boasted she discovered
at least half a dozen uses for peanut butter—
topping for guava shells in syrup,
butter substitute for Cuban toast,
hair conditioner and relaxer—
Mamá never knew what to make
of the monthly five-pound jars
handed out by the immigration department
until my friend, Jeff, mentioned jelly.

From América by inaugural poet Richard Blanco
John Bailly
Cienfuegos (Place of Mind, with Richard Blanco), 2007
mixed media on paper
30" x 22 "
Collection of Bill and Margaret Gellatly
line drawing by JOHN BAILLY


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