The Paisano

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Ana Cecilia Martinez, Managing Editor

September 1, 2020

  hindsight   i lost it on a tuesday night. it, i thought, being my hair tie or one of the dozens of lip balms I misplace everyday. it could have been the jokes you sometimes laughed at, or the smiles i snuck every time we shared a similar thought. i thought i might have lost the indepe...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Leslie Hicks, UTSA History Professor and Paisano Alumna

April 23, 2020

SAN ANTONIO Dear Dad – Thank you for teaching us how to live through Coronavirus / COVID-19 in 2020. You did not know in the 1970s that you were instructing us, oblivious Baby Boomers that we were. Some examples: You made us re-use plastic wrap and foil, delicately rinsing the uncooperative...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Geoffrey Okolo, Staff Writer

April 20, 2020

i miss the commutes  the aged buildings,  the daily dance between pedestrians and vehicles because the cobblestone  did not demarcate the street  from the sidewalk. as i passed numerous shops with uncommon operating hours  i made mental notes of places that caught my eye.  reams of mental notes ...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Ana Cecilia Martinez, Copy Editing Coordinator

February 19, 2020

shared color of blood They never forget to ask about the nationality of our grandparents. No importa si son negros, morenos o blancos. Our blood and roots do not change our humanity. Nuestra sangre pesa mas de lo que pensamos — until they remember to ask about the nationality of our grandparents, as...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Joseph Torres, Managing Editor

February 19, 2020

I’m done writing this I’m going to be fine I’m a millennial I’m outgoing with friends I’m shy in crowds I’m careful I’m careless I’m destructive at times I’m productive at times I’m not lonely I’m alone I’m searching for the answer to a question I’m afraid of my...