“Central American- American” by Maya Chinchilla
Centralamerican American
does that come with a hyphen?
a space?
Central America
America
América
Las Américas
Español chapín
black beans and white rice
tortillas de maiz almost an inch thick
refugees and exiles
as playmates
movies with trembling
mountains, bombs and
gunfire raging in my heart.
black lists and secrets.
Huipiles and mysterious people
passing through my home.
Where is the center of America, anyway?
Are there flowers on a volcano?
APPENDIX
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