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Latina
by Nicky Goodman

Monday, July 17, 2006
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Latina

At whatever hour, whenever
there is Latin music,
she is Zorro
or a beautiful woman with a waist.
The colour red appears
either on a skirt,the white of a shawl
or the pink of a flower on the earth
and she dances a while
in a courtyard,
through the ceramic of low doorways,
over moonbacked terracotta tiles.

The air is garlic and magnolia.
The shadows may smoke a cigar.
Whether it is beans and rice,
a kitchen or a fire; gherkin,
goulash, paprika,
chili, tapas or tortilla,
she salsas.

In any gypsy recipe
the night is ripe with lips;
the spirit of revolution always,
in the revolution of her hips.

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Reviewed by Swep Lovitt (Reader) 7/17/2006
Your syntax from the first stanza on catches the slightly stilted, almost awkward, yet beautiful speech of the latino. sp. 'terracotta', I think. You've got some nice lines here eg. 'The shadows may smoke a cigar.'/ For me, and this isn't very precise, there's something too easy about the last stanza, perhaps the perfect rhyme, or the stereotypical associations. A good piece of writing.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/17/2006
Nicky

A wonderful and colorful display of rhythm and description
You took me there... to that exquisite scene, by the mere power of your incredible words..

Peter
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/17/2006
I always admire their beautiful and how they do those beautiful rhythmatic dances. It's a pleasure to watch!

Wonderful poem!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
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