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R U ok?! (8/3/2019)


Checking in. Let me know you’re not anywhere near Cielo Vista Mall, please. Active shooter in the area. Just heard about the shooting in El Paso. You guys all ok? I just read there was a shooting in an El Paso mall. Assuming you’re all fine, but just checking. Si usted y su familia están en El Paso, espero que estén a salvo. Safe and sound? r u guys ok?! You guys ok? Thinking of you, and El Paso, and our American addiction to gun violence. Cómo están? Qué tragedia horrible. Les mando muchos besos. Querida, are you all ok? Sending ?and cariño. Just reading about El Paso. Sending all my ?. Colleagues, I hope you and yours are all safe ?. Just want to tell everyone I know that I love them. Xxoo I hope you and your family are safe. My dear, I’m sorry to text you to ask if you are all safe and sound but I love you and I must. This is horrific. Please tell me you were nowhere near a Walmart today ?. Hey fam, thinking of you. ?for El Chuco. Are you ok? How are you doing, hermana. I miss you. Terribly upsetting situation in El Paso. My heart goes out to you all. Cómo están ustedes? Estás bien y tú familia y conocidos ? muy doloroso. No paro de llorar.


Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem, 2017). Her poems appear in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry, American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, The Nation, and The American Poetry Review. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship and runner-up for a PEN Translation Award, she is the editor and co-translator of New & Selected Poems of Cecilia Vicuña (Kelsey Street Press, 2018) and a professor of creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she teaches in its Bilingual MFA Program.