There is a kink in this need to build a fence.
A nail in the finality of names like: Mick, Wop, Polack,
Spick. Something harsh, like when we pretend
that America’s not built on these people’s backs.
You can pull back the layers of one lone onion
plucked from the ground by the tired hands
of a mojado, but the smell reminds us
of his sweat-drenched shirt and from where we come.
– Vera Gómez
Vera Gómez is a firm believer in the power of words. She is a workshop facilitator, performance poet, and a teaching poet through Greenville’s SmartArts’ program. As a first-generation child of immigrants, she considers herself a habitual border-crosser between her American upbringing and Mexican heritage. Her collection of poems, Barrio Voices, was published in 2008; her first essay appeared in State of the Heart: Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume II; her poetry has appeared in publications like Ties that Bind, Quintet, Kakalak and the Emrys Journal.
Vera will present a Chautauqua Talk on Caesar Chavez in May; and in August, she is one of seven poets commissioned to commemorate the August 21st Solar Eclipse of the Sun in Columbia.