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