Name: Dani Raschel Jimenez
Occupation: Graduate Student/Poet/Aspiring Novelist
Why Cheese Additional? Because if you want the cheese, you have to work for it.
Small Town Girl with a Fantasy for Her History and Future
Born brown, raised white, I’m
from the wilds of Duval County:
the scent of grilled rattle-
snakes and nopales fill the air.
I’m from Aztec pyramids. I
climb a stairway of stars to touch the sun
god’s scarred cheek while we
eat menudo con tortillas at
his table. I’m from
the curious spark of a welder’s
torch, the smile of a dental hygienist.
I’m from a mother who never sang
El Cri Cri. Sometimes though she’d threaten
me with el cucuy. I’m from
nicknames of coconut and pocha
just because God served
me alphabet soup without lls and ñs
floating in my broth. I’m from
but the label I crave is
still emerging: writer.