Fall 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 4 Poetry |

The Spanish Lesson

               for Jay Wright It is late, and I hurryup to Seventeenth Street from the PATH stationfacing a roasted nut stand. Police on the corners smile in pressed uniforms, patrolling wooden barricadeswhile Sixth Avenuelies open like a black ribbonto the dense skyscrapersin midtown that crowdthe sky wincing above.I realize slowlythat a parade is coming withthe proud, red antiqueengines of the fire companies from an America of more secure boundaries, of defensible difference,of ethnic occupations. Moving past them, wading through their era, I ring the bell of Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop, something else thatwill crowd history's ears. Aisha, recently from India, opens the door, and I treadup the stairs to my lessons in la lengua and la cultura of Mexico, and Carmen smiles from the light of the window near Sixth Avenue. We talk about los conquistadores, as we begin our lesson with lunch, and I mention my Puerto Ricanhermanito from Humacao, how

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