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Andrea Juillerat-Olvera is a scholar and thinker creating on a multitude of levels. Her writing is informed by daily exposure to a broad range of learning environments and time spent living abroad.

Medium has made me a poet above all else, and here is a small selection of my most…

How to Dance on Land

Abstract composite image of a figure wrapped in gauze, head bowed, with textural overlays in a periwinkle hue.

Ten pounds of cloth and wandering clouds — playing dead
my naked form describes that chaotic zone
where water meets sand and reed
with all the pretense of an abandoned body
lolling with the lapping, asleep
in the extended now.

We ford the river blindfolded and barefoot
walk backward for a…

response to poetry prompt “postmodern love signs

A masked figure in white walk along an old, wall, textured in shades of off-white and beige.

She was plural, by the way of it
and yet her love was singular
but partly dead
so she ran west
tracked by old crows
descendants of dinosaurs
gargoyles flexing their bat wings.

Five years separated them
arduous paperwork
a civilian labyrinth
wasps’ nests
immigration officials relented
and they married in mutual refuge

Electrochemical hymns

Composite image of nose, cheeks, lips and apples in a palette of pink, yellow and gray.

Fragrant baby cheek apples
slugs make nature’s glitter glue
tarot cards walk with me at dusk
critiquing humans
and their sparkly bits.

Draw a chalk hopscotch
play it with five-year-olds
little girl me loved
cotton candy
pastel colors
roller-skating Fridays
the smell of books.

Obstinate houses built on the floodplain

To be performed at sunrise

A pelican just above the surface of a lake, pink light from sunrise bathes the scene.

Lie on your back and close your eyes
in this hour you are my pearl
cradled in the pink of my heart flesh.
I am a wind that carries blessings from your Gods
cold alabaster on your lips.

May your eyes pierce the darkness and drink of the light.
May your…

Andrea Juillerat-Olvera

Interpreter, Teacher, Artist.

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