Sigo trabajando en México.
Hago boxeo, Ahora

es mi vida. Yeah, I get hit
in the face, but es igual

que antes. At least now
I get paid. When you’re

a jornalero you never
get to be El Campeón.

The jefe doesn’t respect
you. The women don’t

love you. You never
get to punch back.
Abigail Carl-Klassen’s work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Catapult, Cimarron Review, Guernica, Willow Springs, Aster(ix) Huizache, and Kweli, among others, and is anthologized in IMANIMAN (Aunt Lute), New Border Voices (Texas A&M University Press) Goodbye Mexico: Poems of Remembrance (Texas Review Press) and Outrage: A Protest Anthology for Injustice in a 9/11 World (Slough Press). She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas El Paso. She is a staff writer with Poets Reading the News and her chapbook Shelter Management is now available from dancing girl press.
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