Hecha en México, Norma Liliana Valdez made her way to California in her mother’s pregnant belly. She is an alumna of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, the Writing Program at UC Berkeley Extension, and a 2014 Hedgebrook writer-in-residence. A member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, she is the poetry winner of the 2015 San Miguel Writers’ Conference writing contest, and a 2016 Under the Volcano fellow. Her poems can be found in Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, Poetry of Resistance, and forthcoming in Huizache, among others.
All I Want
for Diamond Reynolds
all I want is my lover’s breath
at my nape
vines of blooming
‘round my hips.
pppppppppppnot this red-
ppppppppppppnot this crimson spilt.
and he is
by the trigger.
pppppppppppppI dream his blurred and honey-
suckled fingers settling on my waist
a trip wire:
pppppppppppppppppall about to spark
ppppppppppppwhat am I to do
with the burning
with the somewhere between
prayer and throat.
my tongue detonates.
pppppppppppppppppthe bullets now my teeth.