André Aguilar is a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Production at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was born and raised in Ciudad Juárez, moved to Dallas in 2010, and came back to El Paso when he was a sophomore student at Coronado High School. He has always been interested in the visual arts, but with his return to the bordertown, André grew an interest for the performing arts, especially in cinema. Ever since, he has written and directed several short films, both amateur and professional. He became interested in creative writing on Spring 2018 semester to expand his knowledge of story structure and short stories. To his surprise, he fell in love with poetry during the first part of the class given by Professor Alessandra Narváez. With her help and previous knowledge, he wrote his first poem exploring the case of Paulette Gebara from México City. Later, he decided to venture in and wrote an anthology entitled “bīˈliNGɡwəl” where he explores his life in both México and the United States. The poem “Juárez” is the first piece in this anthology.

Odiando, uno aprende a amar.
Hating, one learns to love.

André Aguilar

De sombrías pesadumbres
nace la noche.
Se me escabulle el sueño entre
mil miedos.
A lo largo de mi cuadra,
dulce compañía,
Cantan coros de pistolas.
Cantan todos.
Gritan todos.
re. do. la. si.
Re. do. la. si.
Sus cuerpos azules le ciñen
a la tierra.
Entre campos, avenidas,
inusuales tolvaneras.
Allá en mi ciudad donde late
el olvido.
Sin hastío, mis reyes elocuentes
crean la mentira.
Nadie los sigue,
ni los acompaña.
Se anidan decisiones, cambios,
Mientras, cruzo la serpiente aluzada,
me detengo.
¿Es acaso hora de despedirnos,
tierra quemada?
En el frio suculento del verano
le camino.