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Mama’s Hands

Willy Palomo. (Courtesy of the poet)

“It is not this nation that fed me.
My mother fed me.
She bled dollar bills to feed our family.”
-from “I’ve Been Told That Without You, I’d be Nothing” by Karina Oliva Alvarado

Willy Palomo is the son of two immigrants from El Salvador. His poems and book reviews have been featured in Waxwing, PBS, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, and many more. For more info, please visit

Willy reads “Mama’s Hands,” “Mama’s Lungs,” “Homecoming,” and “Where We Find Mama’s Tongue.”

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