An Undergraduate Literary Journal from UW-Milwaukee


by Jacquelin Valadez

My father is the color of the ground he was born of rich soil with the voices of family past
Speaking through the crops that have given a livelihood
To generations upon generations.

My mother, an aristocratic pearl
Evidence of European settlers

Who, amongst the shores of Mexican coast,
decided that I would be born with the thick, jet black hair
of a Guamare Indian


with the pale skin of a conquistador’s “love.”

My skin is my own Malinche, traitor to a heart
screaming in a language so ancient
muffled by broken Spanish


Jacquelin Valadez is an emerging Mexican poet from the Chicagoland area. She is a student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art an Design receiving a Bacherlors degree in New Studio Practice with a minor in Writing. Her writing process includes laying on the floor and crying.