Too Beautiful to Be Believed

“Too Beautiful to Be Believed,” published in Four Way Review, Issue 13:

fourwayreview.com/april-vasquez/

 

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To Guadalupe Garcia, from One Mother to Another

“To Guadalupe Garcia, from One Mother to Another,” published in Badlands, 2018 Edition

We don’t know each other. The first image of you I ever saw was on the news: your careworn face behind the back window of an ICE van on the night they took you away. Your children, opposite you, on the other side of the glass. Already you were unreachable to them.
The next I read, you were in Mexico, on my side of the border. I think of your children, those thousand little moments that make up each day: a shared smile, the shrugging of shoulders or toss of a head that reminds you of when they were small, the last kiss goodnight. A thousand little details for you to miss, to mourn.
You didn’t make the choice, didn’t commit the “crime;” your parents took you to the promised land when you were only a child yourself. That bright, bountiful America of dreams, you made it your own. Isn’t that what they demand—assimilation? You spoke the language.
It was a workplace raid that detected your “crime.” You worked. You paid taxes. You went to church, you prayed. Yet they label you “criminal,” the Christians of el norte. They’ve never been here, in Mexico. They don’t know what struggles lie on this side of the border, yet they dare to judge you, to condemn you.
You lost six months of your life that first time. On the night you were released from detention, your little girl slept in your bed, clinging to you. She was six years old, but already she knew that not all stories have happy endings.
You, Lupita, are one of the first victims to be sacrificed for the cause of making America white again. But I wonder whether anyone really believes that your being separated from the people you love most makes America greater, or safer, or in any way better?
Will the good people of that land sleep better tonight in the knowledge that, a country away from your children, you’re crying yourself to sleep?

 

 

 

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The Friends I’ve Lost over Donald Trump

“The Friends I’ve Lost over Donald Trump,” published in Elephant Journal, January 31, 2018

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/01/the-friends-ive-lost-over-donald-trump/

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Vengeance Is Mine, Saith the Lord

“Vengeance Is Mine, Saith the Lord,” published in Free Lit Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 5 (September 2017)

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I Didn’t Email You on Christmas Eve

“I Didn’t Email You on Christmas Eve,” published in Plural, Issue 6 (July 2017)

https://www.pluralprosejournal.com/Issue06_2017/PLURAL%20Issue%206%20-%20July%202017.pdf

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The Election

“The Election,” published in the Red Mud Review (2015-2016)

http://www.apsu.edu/redmudreview/rmrpdf/aprilvazquez.pdf

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For Danni

“For Danni,” published in Former People, June 1, 2017

https://formerpeople.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/for-danni/

Reprinted in Motherwell, July 24, 2017, as “To My Daughter Who Thinks She Might Be Gay”

To my daughter who thinks she might be gay

Reprinted in Salon, September 3, 2017

To my daughter who thinks she might be gay

 

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