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Lorna Dee Cervantes

  • Every day I am deluged with reminders / that this is not / my land / and this is my land. / I do not believe in the war between races / but in this country / there is war.

    • Lorna Dee Cervantes,
    • "Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent Well-Read Person Could Believe in the War Between Races," Emplumada ()
  • ... I plant geraniums. / I tie up my hair into loose braids, / and trust only what I have built / with my own hands.

    • Lorna Dee Cervantes,
    • "Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway," Emplumada ()

Lorna Dee Cervantes, Chicana poet, activist

(1954)