Two

 

Questionnaire

after Paul Blackburn

 

What is your motto?

CRUDO SOY, BORACHO DE ESTE SISTEMA

 

What is for you the summit of misery?

JERUSALÉN

 

Where do you want to live?

HOTEL JUNGLA CARIBE

 

What is earthly happiness?

“EL SEXO DE UN ÁNGEL”

 

For which faults do you fall into formula?

EL OCIO, TOMAR MI
CAFECITO, LEER EL
PERIÓDICO

 

What is your favorite saying?

“AL NOPAL SÓLO SE LE ARRIMAN CUANDO TIENE TUNAS

 

What is your favorite acronym?

INRI: INSTIGADOR NATURAL DE LA REBELIÓN DE LOS INFELICES

 

Who are your favorite living women?

LA CHICA QUE SE LLAMA SONIA, SELENA, JOYCE MANSOUR, LEILA KHALED, MONICA MORÁN, XEL-HA LÓPEZ MÉNDEZ, MIRENE ARSANIOS, DEVANEE GÓNZALEZ, MYA GUARNIERI, COMANDANTE RAMONA, CAITLIN DÍAZ, CHARITY COLEMAN, AMANDA TAWIL, JENNIFER LÓPEZ CUANDO INTEPRETÓ A SELENA, JENAN KHALIL, HANNAH BAXTER, MEGAN ESPOSITO, ORAIB TOUKAN, MARYAM MONALISA GHARAVI, LUCÍA HINOJOSA, SAMANTHA JACOBUS, MELISSA SIEBERT, CECILIA LOPEZ, NICOLE DELGADO, KATIE KAPTAIN, LUCÍA CENTURION, GABY CEPEDA, LAURE DE SELYS, NASHLA DÍAZ, MIS HERMANAS, MI MAMÁ, MIS ABUELAS, Y MARÍA DE LOS ÁNGELES FÉLIX GÜREÑA

 

Who are your favorite fictional women?

SONYA

 

What is your favorite body part?

EL SOMBRERO

 

What occupation do you most enjoy?

X

 

What person would you like to be?

LA CHICA QUE SE LLAMA SONIA

 

What ruins your day?

LA PALABRA NACO, PENDEJADAS DE TODO TIPO

 



Which flower do you want to be when you grow old?

FLOR DE PLÁTANO

 

What is the greatest unhappiness?

SER POZOLERO, TENER QUE CRUZAR EL PUENTE DE REYNOSA, O EL CONTROL DE QALANDYA

 

Who are your favorite heroes in history?

SONIA PERO TAMBIÉN MALINCHE Y EL CUADRADO NEGRO DE MALEVICH

 

Do you like to kill?

PREOCÚPESE DE POR QUÉ A ELLOS LES GUSTA MATAR TANTO

 

What historical character do you enjoy imitating daily?

ṢALĀḤ AD-DĪN YŪSUF IBN AYYŪB, RICARDO FLORES MAGÓN, CANTINFLAS, MESSI

 

What military act do you most admire?

 

What military act do you most admire?

 

 

What military act do you most admire?

 

Do you think it is right that Israeli company Elbit Systems built the U.S. border wall?

PARA CULPARLOS DOBLE,

 

Would you return to Palestine?

DEPENDE

 

Why are you visiting the United States?

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Where will you be staying?

POR LA 83

 

Who will you be visiting?

MASTER

 

How long will you be staying? 

POR UN TIEMPO

How much money are you bringing? 

$8.29, 78₪, €4.23, 82,576ل.ل
y 45 VAROS

 

Do any of the following apply to you? (Answer Yes or No)

A) Do you have a communicable disease; physical or mental disorder; or are you a drug abuser or addict?

B) Have you ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude or a violation related to a controlled substance; or have been arrested or convicted for two or more offenses for which the aggregate sentence to confinement was five years or more; or have been a controlled substance trafficker; or are you seeking entry to engage in criminal or immoral activities?

“MORAL TURPITUDE

C) Have you ever been or are you now involved in espionage or sabotage; or in terrorist activities; or genocide; or between 1933 and 1945 were you involved, in any way, in persecutions associated with Nazi Germany or its allies?

D) Are you seeking to work in the U.S.; or have you ever been excluded and deported; or been previously removed from the United States or procured or attempted to procure a visa or entry into the U.S. by fraud or misrepresentation?

E) Have you ever detained, retained or withheld custody of a child from a U.S. citizen granted custody of the child?

NO

F) Have you ever been denied a U.S. visa or entry into the U.S. or had a U.S. visa canceled?

What is your favorite color?

PURO NEGRO

 

What is your favorite food?

VUELVE A LA VIDA

 

What gift of nature would you like to have?

TODAS LAS FLORES DEL ÁRBOL DEL PLÁTANO Y UNA PLACA
QUE DICE “AUNQUE ME CONSIENTAS CON REGALOS Y LUJOS TODO ESTO PERTENECE A LOS MUERTOS

 

What god or goddess would you like to meet?

XOCHIQUETZAL

 

How would you like to die?

LUCHANDO CONTRA EL ESPACIO GRINGO

 

What is your present state of mind?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

from REYNOSA

8:50 a.m.

border theatrics undergo an incredulity
of possible-meaning // last night
dreamed i was part of the poetic bureau
of erotic positionality within the global
periphery // a gabacho lost on difference
said // “the valley is a place where the
new anti-life force is breaking through”

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:28 a.m.

ten corpses // two shrimps // three
angels // one palimpsest // eight tears //
a belt buckle // some corn on the cob //
newspapers spread // lista oficial de
lotería // a row of boleros // three erect
santa muertes // (one in wedding gown)

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:16 a.m.

cheap taxco silver // spanglish overheard
// spurs jerseys // ostrich leather // i
message yuki // “the moon’s still out” //
my pants fit tight // i envelope within
baroque city rhyme // it navigates third
-person subjective // i can’t translate

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:56 a.m.

outside the writing lie the people // green
parrots gather // sandals are somehow
best for creeping // when a park is called
a beach // cumbias locochonas
maximalize beers // tacos de barbacoa //
chicharrón con pelos // a taxi signaling
toward boy’s town

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:37 p.m.

restorative hour // reading glauber rocha
// “existe um problema comun: a miséria”
// when i was smaller i remember seeing
tanks // dollar at 16.50 today // & 16.70
at casa de cambio around corner //
paramedics rushing through // sirens
wash // newsboys laugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:02 p.m.

verse gets extradited // ipseity bound up
in work rate // neither mayan nor aztec
abounded here // weekend will be a
period of latency // remember to ask for
an alternative to levonogestrel &
etinilestradiol // upselling // drawn-out
bartering // farmacias simi pharmacists
grow fond of me

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:43 p.m.

mirene writes // “there’s a white plastic
bag stuck to a tree branch historically
swaying in the wind” // we talk about
mario bellatin // valeria luiselli’s writerly
beauty// me: “saturating at the edge” //
a scribbled margin too obscene //
anagrams // chronos vs kairos &
other greek stuff // bank tellers pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:50 p.m.

taking a purposeful turn comes up to tires
burning // to return to the other world is
but false pretense // tiresome schism // a
drone-blessed blues // why exchange my
pesos and lose big time // secondly // is
humidity this thick real

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributor

Christopher Rey Pérez

Christopher Rey Pérez is the author of gauguin's notebook (&NOW Books). Currently, he lives in the West Bank of Palestine, where he is a lecturer at al-Quds Bard Honors College of Arts & Sciences. He is from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

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