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Shana Kwatampora



I am from…
Sucking fingers and belly button pokes
A waft of Skin Musk spray
A treehouse the smell of Daddy Long Leg Spiders

I am from…
“Chonies”, “Chichis”, and “Cochina”
Tamales on Christmas
Enchiladas and Eggplant Parmesan

I am from…
Dove White soap
Fake fruit, waterbeds, and a cross ring with flaking masa
A drawer full of scarves each with their own story and smell.

I am from all of this and more.