Alexis Garcia

Alexis “Vexed Lex” Garcia is a queer Hispanic writer from New York, NY. She graduated from Manhattanville College in 2017, where she studied Creative Writing and Criminal Law. She is the author of her forthcoming debut poetry book, “Ask Me Again in Six Months” In addition, a few of her poems have been published in the anthologies UNITED: Volume RED and UNITED: Volume HONEY with Beautiful Minds Unite LLC. Most recently, she has had more of her poems accepted for publication with Read or Green Books, Third Estate Art, Door is a Jar, Mixed Mag, Air/Light, along with other literary magazines and presses.

One of Us

You say she may just be
One of us since
Doesn't speak Spanish
And her words tend to vanish
When she's asked to translate
Hesitates to show off that pretty
Little accent
Where is she from?
Does it really matter?

You admire her caramel skin
As if that would flatte
And the intelligence that lies within
She went to college
But you still attempt to

Question her knowledge
Catch her off guard

How hard it must be for you
To not stereotype her
Pretty for a brown girl
Because you needed to remind her
Of her place

Pretty for a round girl
Back-handed comments said to her face
She loses a piece of herself every time
She laughs at a joke made at the expense
Of her people
Her people, who made her feel as though
She didn’t belong with them either
Voice too white to be brown
Look at how she converses with those gringos
As if they aren’t silently putting her down
She’s a smart girl

Like everyone says
So maybe one day she will learn how to
Balance both of her worlds.


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