Steven Alvarez

STEVEN ALVAREZ is the author of the novels in verse The Pocho Codex (2011) and The Xicano Genome (2013), both published by Editorial Paroxismo. He has also authored two chapbooks, Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus (2014, winner of the Seven Kitchens Press Rane Arroyo Poetry Prize) and Un/documented, Kentucky (2016, winner of the Rusty Toque Chapbook Prize). His work has appeared in the Best Experimental Writing (BAX), Berkeley Poetry Review, The Drunken Boat, Fence, Huizache, and Waxwing. Read more of his work at, @Chastitellez on Twitter and @stevenpaulalvarez on Instagram.




yr four days in three nights


thousand miles north of belgrade florida
way of u_s_ troop seventeen and three oh one
ugh jacksonville savannah charleston wilmington

a new bern

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beam stop
d for six weeks away
camp was fun for forty days
the families of traumatic scrolls
w thirty hours out of belgrade
aningless if you’ve been working in agriculture
ectly all of my life with
atened in a relatively new field carries
all nineteen hundred another
ked up there are some strong over there are a lot
of stuff for a wet with
struggle back for the congressman from
l uh… roadmap justice applied here
d to be that dean martin
is likely whereas the water supply overhear that’s
a great time



yr how many people from this and that the other day values the same

7:10generally agreed that he says it
here7:14already review bathroom
where the growth of
facilities7:18w7:20means that the
clintons if7:25twenty miles from
kittyhawk north carolina7:27workers
driven one hundred miles north my
crew leader norman hall
pick7:31the7:32at the prevailing rate
four fifty cents a half hour7:40launch
is not a picnic7:42brought from the
labor camp7:44or purchased appeal
of america7:48or in a
battle7:50heated by the rays of sun
7:53and for a very important one st
conducted by national council
of7:55churches the migrants
themselves7:57list of the rules of labor camp alike



yr contracts and opening for a minute


9:05there are days when beans are not ready for harvest
9:08and that’s one more day with no income
9:11and can a crew leader polly’s workers to this camp apollo slamming virginia
9:16where they worked five weeks polling karma and picking green
9:22and when the fields of his trip to north carolina and virginia trucks and buses
9:26again will not
9:37decisions with greek salad
9:39outside of normal
9:42twenty thousand migrants are ferried to the fertile fields of the virginity in
9:45the eastern shores of maryland and delaware for beans tomatoes asparagus
9:49and potatoes
9:59for one crew
10:01hardship was climaxed by disaster
10:03the death of a migrant
10:05we haven’t really wrote about
10:07for travis marriage ceremony
10:12parliament through it
10:15for you
10:16predecessor ever happened before uh… with any cruise coming up north
10:20was there man
10:22entry level
10:25thank you
10:27every year as predictable as the seasons
10:30there are accident resulting in death and serious injury to these labels
10:35on june six nineteen fifty seven
10:38at the intersection of u_s_ troops we all want to state highway one or two
10:42nine miles from fayetteville north carolina
10:46twenty-one migrants were killed
10:49three females
10:50and the baby boy
10:52the police report
10:53stated one of the causes on the high loss of life was the
10:57packaging of the occupants of
11:02tax cuts are the new york
11:04three hundred migrants live in this camp owned and operated by the potato growers
11:08association of long island
11:14this is my great housing
11:15ninety miles from times square
11:51knowledges november the last of the labor
11:55buses and cards
11:57approach the southern states
11:58to start the cycle all over again
12:10for gold and the glory of god

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