Oscar Mireles Poems
- Lost And Found Language It started in 1949, when my oldest ...
- A “z” Is More Then The Last Le...
- Assassination Day In the seventh grade in 1968, playing ...
- Slanted Eyes Are Beautiful...S...
- This Is One Of The Reasons Chi...
- Fathers Day Poem (...A Day Lat... Father’s Day Poem My ...
- Courage Courage is setting yourself free As she ...
Oscar Mireles (b.1955) has been writing poetry for the past 25 years. He is the editor of two anthologies titled 'I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin: 20 Hispanic Poets' (Focus Communications,1989) and 'I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin: 30 Hispanic Writers' (Focus Communications,1999) . He produced a chapbook titled 'Second Generation' (Focus Communications,1985) . He has had over 50 poems published in anthologies and magazines including Gathering Place of the Waters: 30 Milwaukee Poets (1983) Revista Chicano-Riquena 'Hispanic Literature in Wisconsin' (1985) , Visions and Voices against Apartheid (1987) Viatzlan, A journal of Arts and Letters (1992) , Dreams and ... more »
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Lost And Found Language
It started in 1949, when my oldest brother
came home from school
in Racine, Wisconsin
after flunking kindergarten
because he 'spoke no English'
and declared to my parents
that 'the rest of the kids have to learn to speak English
if we planned on staying here in the United States.'
so my parents lined up
the rest of the seven younger children
had us straighten up
tilt our heads back
reached in our mouth with their hands
and took turns
slicing our tongues in half
making a simple, but unspoken contract
that from then on
the parents ...