Tuesday, April 27, 2010
a photo, a poem
Instructions for Identifying All Immigrants
(Official Document for the Racist)
for Jan Brewer
1. consider moving through desert,
the beveled preface to home:
& field stones
2. Consider the nature
of skin, the hues of
departure: the immigrant will be
the tint of the Gulf,
dried leaves amongst owl eggs,
& cradles of lacquered oak.
3. Consider the white body as passport,
as yours the legal right, will to power;
the textured immigrant as violation,
immolation (they all are immigrant).
4. Consider brown as bastard,
Spanish as syntax discardable;
Recall you are
& formal choice.
5. Forget your neighbor
as yourself, for theirs
is the serpent-tongue coiled through accent
around baskets full
of tender oranges.
6. Consider the commodity of your Nationalism,
country as your manufactured product:
recall your skin is the plastic credit
card your tongue.
Card their tongue,
recall their body is the plastic credit
you purchase as your manufactured product;
Consider their Nationalism as your commodity.
J. Michael Martinez