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tijuana madonna

she’s got rose lips and disco hips
she’s got culture in her blood.
she’s raven-haired and tempestuous
& she knows how to get her kicks

she’s the tijuana madonna
& she’s the queen of town

she’ll drag you out of bed when you’re feeling blue
and tell you to be cool when you’re acting a fool
she walks like Naomi and pouts like Marilyn
she’s a unicorn y’all, that’s a double 10

she’s the tijuana madonna
& she’s the queen of town

she’s a black magic woman
with curandera dreams
she’s got nails like Pushkin
& her eyes are tropical seas

she’s the tijuana madonna
& she’s the queen of town

she’s our Tinderella in brocade pants
& she’s in the city to take a chance
she’s the princess of the chateau on an Ikea throne,
drinking Tecate off the downtown pay phone

she’s the tijuana madonna
& she’s the queen of town

she’s got sass & sauce,
she’s a star like ten thousand watts
she’s wearin’ hats like Kate Moss
and turning out emails like a bawss

that’s my best friend y’all,
she’s the tijuana madonna
& she’s the queen of town
she’s the queen of town

A+HRRA award summer 2023

The Summer 2023 Arts + Human Rights Research Award will be open to submissions this summer (approx. 14:51 UTC June 21 2023 - 06:50 UTC September 23rd 2023). The topic of the Summer 2023 A+HRRA is AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. 


th_Eroses, an arts publication, is awarding $100 for a work of artistic / literary research that addresses or concerns human rights in conjunction with this season's topic, AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. The term 'research' here is intended to indicate the process of creation, exploration, and discovery, rather than the compiling of archival facts and/or materials, although the compiling of archival facts and/or materials may be a part of the process of exploration and discovery, or a part of the process of shaping the path or direction of discovery. This is intended to be an open-ended premise, to support the range of work that may occur in artists' and writers' unique processes. 


From the UN: 


"What Are Human Rights? Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination."


Successful submissions may, but are not required to, focus on investigative, process-based exploration and material discovery. Successful submissions may couple rigorous (or subjective) analysis with documentation of investigative, process-based exploration and discovery. Submissions do not need to be factual; forms of literary fiction, subjective expression, abstraction, choreography, and/or non-narrative presentations will be considered as well. Submissions in all languages and media are welcomed. 


The goal of this award is to amplify artistic voices that inquisitively and critically approach the pressing issues of our time, to create a habitat where a unique form of creative journalism can thrive, and to provide th_Eroses readers with artistic / literary insights into key issues.


Please note: If your work is submitted and selected for the award, you consent to the publication of your submitted work by th_Eroses now and in the future. Not all submissions will win the award; there may be one submission chosen, or multiple submissions, or none of the submissions. Selected submissions will receive an email of acceptance and next steps. 


Please submit work to with "Entry: Arts + Human Rights Research Award" in the subject line.

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