Mia Leonin

POESIA DE PROTESTA is an exhibition featuring 10 Spanish poems written by Hispanic women. The texts all express a form of protest – political, economic, 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.

Written by Mia Leonin
Visually interpreted by TUNA


It’s an ancient history –
A woman touching herself in the early hours of the morning.

She offers a man honey that spills over in folds of dark amber.
He dips in two fingers, maybe three.

It’s an ancient history. One breast is milk to nourish.
The other is honey for pleasure.

Who does she belong to, this woman touching herself?
Does she belong to the man, the honey, or her imagination?

The ancient story isn’t that she offered, and he took.
The ancient story is that I’m telling it to you

And you’re listening.