When first walking into Tuff Sissy you hear the 80’s dance beats by Becka Diamond flooding the room.
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Make a mental note to get it out before morning or you pops will crucify your ass to kitchen duty for the rest of your life. Watch the shows you don’t want to watch, the ones your family loves. Her work appears in various anthologies and journals, including Callaloo, Meridians, Review, Chess Life, and el diario/La Prensa.
Take down any embarrassing photos of your young parents floating in a wine glass, and especially the one with ashy-kneed campo kids straddling a donkey. Rosario holds an MFA from Columbia University and was formerly on faculty in the MFA Program at Texas State University.
Toss them in the hamper, even though you scrubbed yours in the crotch with Irish Spring the way your late mother taught you. Sit on your father’s Lazy-Boy and watch crap on local cable. If he’s a nerdboy, don’t be surprised if his father is white. His pops will say, Ohla, and you’ll see that you scare him, really. If the boy’s a papichulo from around the way, suggest El Amigo for lunch. Let him correct your enunciation if he’s nerdboy and amaze him if he’s thug. As you walk to the restaurant talk about the block. On the block he’s known for his smooth stride, as well-oiled as a racecar’s, but here he’ll worry you.
If he’s a nerdboy his mother will be bringing him, maybe his very present father. He’ll say that the directions were unnecessary because he’s familiar with your vibrant neighborhood, culture, and even though he has the best directions in his hands explain that, actually, you wrote down the wrong exit. Artboy or nerdboy won’t need stories about prep school but the other ones might. He’ll press a fresh mint in his mouth, stick the wrapper in his pocket, and then shift away from you. Tell him that you love his mind, too, that you love his hands, his eyes, because, in truth, you love them less than you love your own. The papichulo might lean forward, breaking away from you.