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Valerie Martnez
Valerie Martnez's first book of poetry, Absence, Luminescent (Four Way Books, 1999) won the Larry Levis Prize and a Greenwall Grant from the Academy of American Poets. Her second book of poems, World to World, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2004. Strongly committed to community work, Valerie is a member of the core creative team of Littleglobe, Inc., an artist run non-profit. Littleglobe's most recent project was "Memorylines: Santa Fe, Voces de Nuestra Jornada" a community performance commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. Memorylines is an intergenerational, inter-media, new opera performance project created through intensive ensemble work by a diverse artist team and 18 participants drawn from the wide range of Santa Fe communities. It premiered in May 2007 at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe.

from Each and Her

Valerie Martnez

in this way could she


we sit up straight
eyes red-rimmed after a spanking
in the restroom of the Shangri-La
Chinese restaurant

Juarez 1966

whenever she tells this
she says pitiful

and she feels bad


they pack what they have
move north
from Durango, Sinaloa,
Nuevo Len, Coahila

an historical map ondulando

sometimes at midnight
the factory bus ride home



the border and Mexico City
three thousand maquiladoras
more than a million workers
at fifty cents an hour

no one fails to notice a new purchase

Rivera's girl on her knees
sky-blue bound shoulders

his thick feet
enormous bale of calla lilies
lifted to her back


1995—nineteen by September
1996—sixteen between April and November
1997—seventeen between the ages of 10 and 30
1998—twenty-three including

Roci Barraza Gallegos

strangled by a police officer
assigned to the murdered women case

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