Feb 01

Loose Change: Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo & Kristen Solecki

How to Stick Your Head in the Sand

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

Kneel to the ground, sit back on your feet,
relax shoulders and plunge.
When you feel your throat begin to burn
from lack of oxygen, you will know
you have done it right.

Keep palms up in a sign of submission.
Keep palms up in a sign of compliance.
Keep palms up in a sign of the fight
has lost all sense of understanding.
When your white palms begin to seer
under the sun and crack,
you can say, “I have done it now.”

With your butt in the air, you will feel exposed.
You will wonder who is looking,
and what plans they have for you.
But you have your head in the sand,
so there is nothing you can do.

Do not try to yank your head free.
It may stretch your neck, and when you rise
from the sand you will be able to see
too much in every direction,
which defeats the purpose.

Kristen Solecki is a Charleston, SC based artist and illustrator. Her work ranges from paintings and drawings to editorial illustrations, commissions, book illustrations, and her own line of prints and cards. When not in her studio she can be found reading or wandering the coast.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016), a 2016-2017 Steinbeck Fellow, former Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee. She’s received residencies from Hedgebrook and Ragdale Foundation and is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop. Her work is published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and The James Franco Review among others. A short dramatization of her poem “Our Lady of the Water Gallons,” directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at latinopia.com. She is a cofounder of Women Who Submit and the curator of HITCHED.

About The Author

Tyler Barton is co-founder of FEAR NO LIT, a fiction editor for Blue Earth Review, an intern for Sundress Publications, a radio host for Weekly Reader, and a blogger for The Rumpus. His fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle, NANO Fiction, Midwestern Gothic, Little Fiction, and elsewhere. Find his work at tsbarton.com. Find his jokes at @goftyler.

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