A las que te preguntan impúdicas y responden sin que les preguntes

Mana Muscarsel Isla

POESÍA DE PROTESTA is an exhibition featuring 10 Spanish poems written by Hispanic women. The texts all express a form of protest–political, economical, sexual, or social. Each poem has been interpreted by a visual artist, with curation by Cuban historian and art professor Gladys Garrote.

POESÍA DE PROTESTA es una exposición que presenta 10 poemas en español escritos por mujeres hispanas. Todos los textos expresan una forma de protesta, ya sea política, económica, sexual o social. Cada poema ha sido interpretado por un artista visual, con la curaduría de la historiadora del arte cubana Gladys Garrote.

Mana Muscarsel Isla x Lisa Odette

To those who shamelessly ask and answer though you didn’t ask

They tell you they’re worried,
prescribe for sadness and pain,
mushrooms, Bach flowers,
joints or cannabis oil,
Reiki and more visits to the psychologist
for the medication you’re taking,
because life ain’t enough for you to live it.

To those who ignorantly explain
the dangers of psychopharmacology
mistaken and dumb things
with the same morals with which their parents could understand cocaine.
And you gotta explain more to them than to the Police,
convince them
a little because of activism,
and another little
because that’s how it feels
to be between the ropes.

A curse:

Shall they shut up and eat,
not their questions but their explanations,
and may they taste like what is said,
a bit bitter,
a bit sour,
a bit dry.


Debuted at Refraction x Miami Art Week ‘22