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Second Skin

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When Diana Anhalt was eight years old, her family moved from New York City to Mexico. The twenty poems collected in her chapbook, SECOND SKIN, speak of coming to terms with displacement and succumbing to Mexico’s magic. In time she would wear her second country like a second skin, reveling in its spontaneity, the warmth of its people, its natural beauty, the language. When ...more
Paperback, 30 pages
Published by FutureCycle Press (first published September 11th 2012)
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Carla Hagen
To read the poems of Second Skin is to plunge into a riot of bougainvillea, tortillas fresh off the comal, clanging church bells, alleys called Little Street of Bitterness. The slim, elegant book vividly evokes Mexico on a beautifully rendered landscape of nostalgia. Diana Anhalt, who moved to the country in 1950 with her McCarthy-fleeing parents and recently returned to the United States, could not resist Mexico’s seductive pull: its midnight serenatas, the street vendors singing of their wares ...more
Diane Kistner
From the Chapbook


Spanish emerged through that same gap
my tongue explored after I lost
my front teeth and my uncle Aaron
drove us to the airport in my father’s blue Studebaker,
after we left New York, my grandmother,
the Thanksgiving Day parade, P.S. 106,
the smell of snow.

Spanish, I thought, is what happens
if you pour your milk down the drain,
break promises, or step on pavement cracks.
I was wary and “Messico” was a place
I wouldn’t, in my lisping toothlessness, pronounce.

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There's a song in Spanish: "No soy de aquí ni soy de allá..."--I'm not from here, I'm not from there..." I feel like that sometimes. Transplanted from New York to Mexico City when I was eight years old, I returned to my native country when I was 68. That was a little over two years ago and I'm still trying to adapt, to grow roots, and ironically, to feel at home in the country of my birth. But the ...more
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