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The Immigrant Museum

One of my favorite poems from Washington D.C. based poet Quique Aviles

THE IMMIGRANT MUSEUM
At the Immigrant museum there are accents
language mishaps
dance lessons for people with no rhythm
fake documents
foreign heroes
military medals
gypsies and comadres
mafiosos and compadres

The museum halls offer
Polish poetry
German doubts
Mexican colors
Negro insight and essays
Irish midwives

At the Immigrant Museum, there are accents
historic oil drum barrels from the Persian Gulf
replicas of holding cells for aliens from the tropics
A sequential installation on the life of the nanny
morning tasks: washing, drying, folding, ironing
dinner prep
and dinner
the first bilingual robot
confusing translation manuals
primitive art for western tourists

At the Immigrant Museum there are accents
Russian vodka
bilingual answering machines
herbal potions
Jesus paintings
Chinese noodles
Vietnamese sandals
the first dream to enter Ellis Island that wasn’t fulfilled

At the Immigrant Museum there are accents
jubilation
song and prayer
circumcision and baptism
wedding dresses
hard hats
baby bottles
joy dancing in colors
dreams posing as day laborers

hypens
fear
orgasms
prayer
apprehension
ambivalence

Yes
At the Immigrant Museum there are accents
accents
accents
—Quique Aviles

(Source: washingtonart.com)

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