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    Spring backward. #photoaday #flowerstagram #firstdayofspring #spring #lastofwinter ❄️❤️ So yesterday, I ran a poetry workshop at a middle school and hearing the words from these youth, I feel a lot better about the world. One boy wrote a poem & was very shy about reading it. I offered to read it for him. To my surprise, he wrote about people wanting freedom and not being “illegal.” I hope he finds the courage some day to read the poem because these days, hate voices itself louder than love. Our kids deserve better role models. I didn’t grow up thinking about my immigration status, but I think many children have to now. 💔I’m at a very low point in my hope bank. I’m taking notes on how to say goodbye to a country. I think one way is love and one way is poetry.
#loveislouder #happyworldpoetryday This Sunday I made it to church at a Unitarian Universalist congregation. I arrived as a panelist for an immigration and human rights discussion. My audience was majority White. I started with a poem and then my college journey narrative. It is a heavy feeling to be a person who potentially faces deportation or undocumented status and to stand in front of an audience that though sympathetic, cannot imagine what your world is like. They listened to me and the other panelists very actively. One of the panelists, Klara Bilgin, showed us this poster-size cover of Time magazine’s March issue with her own addition “Why America?” At the end I was surprised that most people had comments rather than questions. When we say immigration is a controversial issue or a “hot topic,” it’s true. I got to see it today by people commenting on their experience traveling abroad without borders or their observations of how much labor is expected of undocumented immigrants. Many of them were proposing solutions. I wish Congress were as productive as these people were in their 15 or so minutes to comment and ask questions. #rageatCongress #votesmart #speakup Little sister poem. Be woke.❤️ #ajamonet #poem
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Claudia has been writing poetry since 2010 with appearances at open mics around the DC area and poems online and in print journals. She’s been writing and editing content since 2015 for a variety of mediums and audiences: marketing content for a tutoring company; journalism in a college media platform; freelance on Upwork.


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Claudia writes poetry in many forms. Read her post, A Beginner’s Guide to Poetry, 21st Century Edition for more information about forms.

4 poems in the The Acentos Review

  • “Keeping warm” [free verse] / In the mornings, I struggle with my hands, / drag myself out of bed…
  • “Motherland” [villanelle] / My mother’s hands are my sense of direction / los recuerdos de nuestro pasado, a life past…
  • “For the Times You Heard an Accent” [free verse] / As a seven year old, / you write in sloppy print…
  • “Family Detention Center” [syllabic] / In Texas, behind a ten foot barbed-wire fence there is / an immigration officer…

1 poem in Poetry is Dead

3 poems in The Bookends Review

  • Nutrition” [sestina] / Because I’ve felt up the smooth spine of books / with the caress of my finger, and I’ve passed time…
  • Wanting” [free verse] / I want to write / dirty poetry…
  • Taking Notes” [prose] / For a week, the rose lived…

1 poem in Good Little Girls

  • Live Photo of Girl” [triptych] / Brown eyes / sketched in dreams / that feed upon the bluest sky…

3 poems in Argot Magazine

Forthcoming in The Northern Virginia Review

  • Freshman Year: Reminiscence
  • Abandoned body




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