Knopf Poem-a-Day: April 27, Sandra Cisneros’s “You Called Me Corazón”


Love is bilingual: from the frank heart (corazón) of Sandra Cisneros.

You Called Me Corazón

That was enough
for me to forgive you.
To spirit a tiger
from its cell.

Called me corazón
in that instant before
I let go the phone
back to its cradle.

Your voice small.
Heat of your eyes,
how I would’ve placed
my mouth on each.

Said corazón
and the word blazed
like a branch of jacaranda.

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Excerpt from LOOSE WOMAN © 1994 by Sandra Cisneros. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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