Amanda Ashley Villanueva

BIO
Amanda Ashley Villanueva (she/they) is a Bronx-born and based teaching artist of Afro-Puerto Rican descent. She is a practitioner of subtle energy healing and curanderismo committed to decolonizing mind-body-soul wellness. Amanda examines themes of addiction and Black queer identity and is currently working on her first book of poetry. She has performed at Princeton University, Lehman College, and Nuyorican Poets Café, amongst other treasured venues.

no more hard love

no more hard love
no more burn down your house love

air out dirty laundry love

love in the name of vengeance
     in the name of not wanting your last name
     (but wanting you every day)

no more

building hard bed of cold floor
prove the best whores
be the ones who look like good girls

no more

caressing curls
with the very venom
you can’t resist

made me a mistress
     (and a mistake)

all in one sentence
all in one breath

took sex to decipher the mess

now

no more

hard love

now

we use lavender to go tender
we find new love under yellow sundress
we confess our fears to the sunset

cherish all business unfinished

for the quieted geniuses
neglected inside us

grow wide here
dream a life sincere
make crystal clear

tender:
the new declaration

no more

hard love

no more

geniuses diminished

press into lavender
surrender into sundress

confess (again)
how Mami needed me
to be proper enough

no more hard love

love you as if you were my favorite horror
flick mixed with kettle corn
urge to suck blood
from teeth

love in a time of defeat
found ways to make
bitter savor sweet

fell to my knees
from the peace
provided to me

(landing was soft)

no more hard love

because I want to write poems
for slow

beginnings

(to die singing)
easy poetry from my pores

no more hard love


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