The shell of a mollusk Me han traído una caracola —Federico García Lorca Who gave you la caracola that filled you with salt? That freedom, protection in the gift of a seashell in your Grenadian hands. Did your eyes spark at the sight, the home of a simple mollusk? Hard and soft life gleaming near the spheres of heaven pouring on your dry soil. —la caracola that made your joy sublime across verses for children across the sand of your homeland for such a short time. Did you hold it close, in the bullfighting ring, when they split you open?
About the author
Amelia Díaz Ettinger is a ‘Mexi-Rican,’ born in México but raised in Puerto Rico, BIPOC poet and writer. She has two full-length poetry books published; Learning to Love a Western Sky by Airlie Press, and a bilingual poetry book, Speaking at a Time /Hablando a la Vez by Redbat Press. A historical/environmental poetry chapbook, Fossils in a Red Flag is being released by Finishing Line Press, in 2021. Presently, Amelia Díaz Ettinger is working on an MFA in creative writing at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon.