author – activist – faculty – mom
I’m not sure where spoken word fits in the stages of grief. Perhaps, for this piece, it sits right at the crossroads of unspeakable loss and unfathomable rage. Writing this piece wasn’t enough. I needed to embody it through performance and share it. This is my first ever edited video. I always said I didn’t have time to figure out this type of technology. But these are brutal times, in which we don’t have the luxury to wait for someone else to help lift our voices.
I remember after September 11th, 2001 Suheir Hammad had a piece called “First Writing Since.” This is my grito of first writing since hurricane Maria from the West Coast of the US diaspora for mi gente en Puerto Rico.