When I moved to Colorado, I had no idea how things would work out. I bought a one way plane ticket to visit my girlfriend. I told my mother, "tengo una entrevista de trabajo en Colorado y tambien voy a visitar a mi novia". (I have a job interview and I am also visiting my girlfriend in Colorado). She blessed me by crossing my face, torso, and finally kissing her hands. "te cuidas" (take care). "Si," I responded.
I called my mother a couple weeks later. I never really liked phone conversations. I suck at them. Especially when giving important news. Especially, when that news is bittersweet.
"Me dieron el trabajo" (I got the job). She cried. I did as well, but only after we got off the phone. I did not want her to feel any worse. I knew I wouldn't be seeing her (and my brother and step-father), until who the heck knew when. I was scared. New place. New job. Recent college grad. What the f*** did I get into?!
I became a community organizer. I liked it. And I didn't like it. I learned a lot. I struggled. But my politics. My sense of what humanity is and how people should be treated are higher than any wage a foundation/corporation can offer me. To say the least. I did not believe in the organization I worked for. Sadly for me, I realized this about two weeks into my job and about a week into my new lease. Shit.
It must have been the need of wanting to feel that I was still human and not just a cog in the machine that made me explore the poetry scene here in Denver. And damn, was it rejuvenating!
Open mics almost every night of the week! I was sooooo relieved to find out how alive Denver is when it came to poetry. My exposure to all kinds of styles of poetry kept me sane and alive during my 2yr stint with the organization I used to work for.
I had no idea that Denver, when it comes to poetry, is one of the meccas of poetry in the US! I have met so many great people and have had the opportunity to travel and share my words.
It has given the opportunity to make people smile, cry and reflect on their lives. Words are truly powerful and this city is pretty dope!
I have grown a lot since moving to Denver. And by that I mean: I have learned a lot. I am still very silly!
I am still a poet. I have always been a poet. Even though I have crossed many borders and lost many things and gained many things; and though not always writing--I have always been a poet. Though not always talking, I have always been a poet.
With that said. I hope you enjoy the contents of this site. Feel free to share with anyone. Feel free to ask me anything. If you want to use the poems on the site please do not hesitate to ask.
(I'll try to write here as much as I can. It will be serious, it will be silly, and hopefully most of the time you can take something from it!)