Maria Alexandria Beech

‘(H)ours’: A #Ferguson Poem by Maria Alexandria Beech

The body falls, A tall boy falls, Tumbles to the ground. The sound of Pop, pop, pop, Pop, pop, pop, Tops the air. Hits a cloud, Bounces around. His lungs slowly Come to a halt there. He has no escape. Scraping the asphalt Beneath his skin, He’s drenched. It’s 12:01 pm, His heart pumps Slower […]

  • Aug 20, 2014
  • 6:59 PM

‘That’s How I Grew Up’

My Mother made me sit through every hour of Nuestra Belleza last year. The beauty contest, which airs on Univision, recruits Latinas from the United States and employs the Venezuelan Mr. Higgins, Osmel Sousa, to turn the girls into fembots, ready for the Univision world of bikini-clad models, hot tub contests and variety shows. Last […]

  • Jul 31, 2014
  • 10:31 AM

‘We Exist’: A Poem by Maria Alexandria Beech

You came to my land To look for oil, Took most Of the profit To New York, Houston, Detroit, You exploited The weak all along, Knowing, You were wrong. Guess what? It made us Stronger. No longer will we Sit back While you stick Your instruments In our earth. Slick and slick, Stone and stone, […]

  • Jul 27, 2014
  • 1:51 PM