Rio Grande

“Beloved Mother”, “Decolonial Inventory: Impressionism to indocumentados” and “The Blueprint of the Land”

by Édgar J. Ulloa Luján

Beloved Mother

What I want to write

is that I am

and I can not stop being

I want to give back everything you have given me, mother.

And thanks to you I am far away again in New York

But I'll be fine. Do not worry

A poem for you, mother

is the least I can do

turning my love into words.


Here's a bit of me and you

It rained in your day today

for you mother. I am ashamed

I can not give you more.


I would catch a milky moon

consuming the mantle of the blind

that maternal moon.


How is it that I can not love

as does a mother with her breasts?

Despite the distance, although I was

dizzy in the Caribbean. Love

that nobody pronounces, love,

nor can be written twice

Three is too much although you know what I mean

I'm already far away again from R-o-m-a.


I wonder the origin

of good and evil

I wonder the origin of my residence on earth

and all of you, all of them

The wonderful story of my father when he met you

and you made love and I was born

You slept atop the sheets in 1981 by the Lopez Mateos

or the tenth of May, for I was born

9 months later in February 1982.


To Live. Mother

life in which there is an end

life in which we must try.

The pink house in which you were born

then, Arroyo de Encinos, your paradise

Those hands that fed mouths

those hands that washed away years

those hands that caressed

those hands that smiled at dreams

and they worked hard

in the mini supermarket named "Strawberries"

near Fovissste Chamizal.


Here is the firstborn of all

he inherited all your evils

but nothing bad happened.

I have improved a lot

Here is the barefoot corridor. Your dreamer:

What I miss of Ciudad Juarez, is

you, my dear mother.

Decolonial Inventory: Impressionism to indocumentados

3 elegant women on


the boat painted by Monet;


The impressionism to


the natural philosophy


The inaccessible cosmos is always


a chaotic phenomenon


The exhausts and


the caprice; ignores


national boundaries


The militarized border


The imperial consciousness


The plethora and


the starvation; give us


a green card


The underprivileged and


the gorgeous;


The building of


a higher wall, without consent, right before us


The helpless and


the hurtful;


The beauty and


the beast; usually they don’t dance together


The photography and


the modernist art (I mix them randomly)


The son and


the contaminated environment; going to his father’s


The clean and


the dirty; in that dirty water


The deported and


the tourist;


gaps between two worlds


The sorrows and


the happily ignorant;


they never laugh together


The U.S. citizen and


the alien; but not perceived as


fallen angels


The criminal and


the respectable;


one will drown in agony


The brown and


the white; pasted into this


collage of watercolor.


The undocumented immigrants crossing


the river.

The Blueprint of the Land

There is no river

but only sand

sand and no river

in the borderlands

There is no river

but only sand

sand and no river

it’s a fantasyland

There is no river

but only sand

sand and no river

in my motherland

There is no river

but only sand

sand and no river

like in Babylon

There is no river

but only sand

sand and no river

but only drugs, guns

and contraband

There is no river

but only sand

sand and no river

but only burritos, narcos

running cheap errands

There is no river

but only sand

sand and no river

but only

a militarized land

There is no river

but only sand

sand and no river

but only maquiladoras;

supply and demand

There is no river

but only sand

sand and no river

but only women

buried in the sand.

About the Author

Édgar J. Ulloa Luján

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Édgar J. Ulloa Luján is a performance artist and poet from Ciudad Juárez, México. He founded a pioneer multimedia poetry blog (mijuaritos.wordpress.com), when his hometown was the most dangerous city of the world. His performances negotiate border politics, cultural memory, trauma, immigration, and violence in addition to instigating audience and public participation. Ulloa received his BA in Literature at UTEP and his MFA in Creative Writing at New York University. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at Georgetown University. He has performed in PEN World Voices Festival–PEN America and México Now Festival in NYC and The Poetry Festival Expandible in México City. He participated in the 31st Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts in Slovenia and SALTS in Switzerland at Work Off Paper exhibit, an art exhibition about how text function. Ulloa’s work was included by CONACULTA in the first national anthology of visual poetry in México. He was the 2016 Emerge-Surface-Be Poetry Fellow from the Poetry Project in NYC. He has participated virtually with Colombia and Spain reading poems online for audiences. Ulloa is currently studying a Ph.D program, his second year of Spanish Literature at Georgetown University.