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What sturdy, then, for Spanish, its parity of consonants and vowels— vowels like a window to the throat, breath chiming during the vocal chords. And what sturdy is making a song to explain this barrio’s model of the shortened sky, el cielo cortado—power strains crisscrossing so excessive, that blue purely teases via them. And what for fog los angeles niebla arrastra, creeping down las calles inmóviles earlier than the financial institution and supermarket open. Y por l. a. zapatería on Liberty road, a lady’s old boot for a road signal. And by means of the shoemaker’s What use to recollect in any language my father used to be a Puerto Rican shoe salesman. From his mouth dangled a ropy, ashy cigarette. He spoke reliable English and knew whilst to grin. fishing nets along with his robust palms he’d knot sneakers like redes, knew 3 varieties of knots so woman buyers may perhaps purchase the footwear they enjoyed to examine yet quite shouldn’t have worn. At domestic, Dad stored his lengua íntima to himself. His Spanish now not for kids, in simple terms older family members who pressured him to talk, reminded, Spanish ability there’s another individual within you. All attractiveness, he’d argue, no strength in it. nonetheless, I be mindful, he spoke a hushed Spanish to buyers who struggled in English, those he pitied for having no language to live to tell the tale. such a lot of years long gone, what use to invent or query him in Pittsburgh? The informed one, why would i need my clumsy Spanish to stray from the pages of books outward? My tongue, he’d imagine so unfaithful and inarticulate. every one note having no earlier in it. What then? talking Spanish to cause them to higher instances or Pittsburgh a greater position. En vez de regresar los angeles dura realidad del pasado. after which, if i select to talk like this who will hear? rather than returning to the challenging fact of the previous ODE TO GLASS After its lip the bottle flares out just like the A-line of a girl’s skirt while she twirls at recess. at the descent the company’s crest— one pink and one blue crescent approximately to clasp jointly right into a globe yet among them, the identify of the soda sits in daring, white letters. lower than the slogan the tiny print: contenido neto 355 ml, and hecho en México, in completely carried out paint. Partway down the bottle corners right into a barrel-shape, the swiveled glass, almost like stripes of a barber’s pole, forces the attention to stick with and twist alongside its blurred contours, the way in which pores and skin blurs the contours of an arm so that you decelerate into the elbow’s corner. and what kind of like dermis the peach and brown and blue reflections within the glass lend it size whereas outdoors the skin and form are seamless, yet for a few sewing beneath, a zip dialed round the bottle’s base to function toes. And the place the glass corners from cone to barrel a hoop carved from the bottles being packed too shut and rubbing jointly of their crates. Scars that continue dry and tender as silk, whilst the glass beads, and you begin to track the droplets again over the powder, and nonetheless dry after you’ve swabbed up the condensation and your palms have long past clumsy from the bottle’s brittle sweat.