DEIFILIA SEWED A RAILROAD
Lupita Eyde-Tucker

Abuelita begged to borrow / la última moda / from the rich cousins in Riobamba / not to wear / ¡verás! /she turned them seam-side out / pinned down / onto old newspapers / her fat pencil outlining / sleeves / plackets / collars /each sized against her own body / figuring a pattern to fit her frame / tongue between her teeth / hands flipping and sketching / piecing newsprint patterns / this is how she rose / beyond her station / the black chug of heavy steel scissors / cut through / the jewel-toned mountains /of fabric / foot treadle flying / verás / she stitched a railroad / laid enough track for a wardrobe / turned a third class seat with chickens / into a 24-hour journey / a private train car trousseau /on the G&Q.






Lupita Eyde-Tucker writes and translates poetry in English and Spanish. She's the winner of the 2021 Unbound Emerging Poet Prize, and her poems have recently appeared in Nashville Review, Columbia Journal, Raleigh Review, Women's Voices for Change, Yemassee, Rattle, and [PANK]. Lupita is an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Florida and will be a Staff Scholar at Bread Loaf Translator's Conference this summer. She is the recipient of scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conferences and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. In the past year, she was a finalist for the Sewanee Review Poetry Contest, Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, Frontier Poetry Chapbook Prize, the Gloria Anzaldúa Prize, and the Chad Walsh Chapbook Prize by Beloit Poetry Journal. Read more of her poems here: www.NotEnoughPoetry.com.



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