Jan/Feb 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 1 NonfictionJanuary 2, 2019 |

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Introduction Her name is Frederica. They call her “Chica Bonita,” “C. B.,” “El Terrible.” Someone also calls her “madre,” someone calls her “hija” — that’s not going to keep her here. She’s wearing her one good dress, the slit, come-hither dress as scarlet as a tanager, and she has a month of money lumped to about the size of a dinner roll in her bead purse, and she’s standing as still as an icon in a niche, on the Mexico side of the Rio Grande, looking across. We’ll meet her later, on the other side. She’s going to leave the hunger and indignities behind, she’s going to do whatever it takes, and if she’s caught and gets her ass slapped back to home, she’ll only attempt it again. For now, she knows two things that sing in her bones, two seemingly opposite things: that everyone’s different across the border, wholly and goldenly, enviably different; and that, if she slips across the river, she can mix there undetectably, she’s so alike

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Albert Goldbarth has been publishing collections of poetry for over four decades, two of which two have received the National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest, Selfish, was published by Graywolf Press in May 2015. He tests his patience by living in Wichita, Kansas.

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Introduction Her name is Frederica. They call her “Chica Bonita,” “C. B.,” “El Terrible.” Someone also calls her “madre,” someone calls her “hija” — that’s not going to keep her here. She’s […]

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