Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016


My Back [AUDIO]

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a garden of
bleeding parasols  burning baldachins
            crusting canopies
a kingdom of coiling blotches
                  spiraling like hurricanes across
                  the length of my spine
              crumbling infrastructure  

every night I lay on my wet mattress
both culprit and lover
only home left in this tropical gutter
above surviving splintered frame-
-ing the night         universal tarp
weeping its misery onto my

ridge of flowering bones
    a mildewed masterpiece
    sole patch of fertile landscape
    growing shade     I used to know
the rivels of my roof
the folds of my back                now
they are one and
the same



These Volunteer Nurses in Puerto Rico Fear FEMA is Failing [Huffington Post]
Nearly 1000 People Died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria [Center for Investigative Reporting/Miami Herald]
San Juan Mayor Yulín Cruz on Trump, Shock Doctrine, and “Disaster Capitalism” in Puerto Rico [TruthOut]

Ana Portnoy Brimmer is a poet and performer, aspiring literary journalist, ARTivist, and Master’s student of Literature at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus, in Puerto Rico. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in a number of platforms, such as Kweli Journal, The Acentos Review, Moko Magazine, Under The Volcano/Bajo el Volcán: The Best of Our First Fifteen Years, Centro Journal, Global Voices, Counter Punch, Yale Global Online, among others. Ana is the daughter of Mexican-Jewish immigrants, she was born in New York, but was raised, and currently lives, in Puerto Rico.

Photo by Sushiesque.


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