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Part II

Xiomara hides her poetry from her religious family, but when she joins a slam poetry club, she must decide whether or not she's ready for her voice to be heard. Learn these words from the acclaimed novel-in-verse by slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

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  1. inherently
    in an essential manner
    I wouldn’t even date a boy like Twin,
    thinking people are inherently good,
    always seeing the best in them.
  2. scrawny
    being very thin
    He looks nothing like me.
    He’s small. Scrawny.
  3. bound
    secured with a cover or binding
    He is an award-winning bound book,
    where I am loose and blank pages.
  4. intuition
    instinctive knowing, without the use of rational processes
    He has no twin intuition!
  5. oblivious
    lacking conscious awareness of
    Twin: oblivious—although happier than he usually looks.
  6. sonnet
    a verse form of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
    He is not elegant enough for a sonnet,
    too well-thought-out for a free write,
    taking too much space in my thoughts
    to ever be a haiku.
  7. haiku
    an epigrammatic Japanese verse form of three short lines
    He is not elegant enough for a sonnet,
    too well-thought-out for a free write,
    taking too much space in my thoughts
    to ever be a haiku.
  8. affair
    a matter or concern
    She would call every day at first
    and always tell me the same thing,
    she 'was handling affairs.'
  9. parable
    a short moral story
    Her story is a parable
    to teach us how to deal with temptation.
  10. obligated
    caused by law or conscience to follow a certain course
    Aren’t priests obligated to confidentiality?
  11. solace
    comfort offered to one who is disappointed or miserable
    Tells me
    I should find solace in a forgiving religion.
  12. quirk
    twist or curve abruptly
    He cocks his head at me, and his lips quirk up a bit.
  13. distraught
    deeply agitated especially from emotion
    Since her parents were distraught that the neighborhood had changed, that there were no more Latino families and the bodegas and sastrería were all closed down, Xiomara used her earnings to buy them a house in the Dominican Republic.
  14. swoon
    pass out from weakness or physical or emotional distress
    Swoon

    In science we learned
    that thermal conductivity
    is how heat flows through
    some materials better than others.
  15. conductivity
    the property of transmitting heat, electricity, or sound
    Swoon

    In science we learned
    that thermal conductivity
    is how heat flows through
    some materials better than others.
  16. meme
    a cultural idea or behavior passed from person to person
    C: Girl, this angry cat meme reminded me of you.
  17. gibberish
    unintelligible talking
    It be gibberish but everything
    you whisper sounds like poetry.
  18. premonition
    a feeling of evil to come
    Father Sean asks me if things are going well?
    And for a second, I think he knows about the kiss.
    That through some divine premonition
    or psychic ability...he knows.
  19. chalice
    a bowl-shaped drinking vessel
    But then I see him glance at the altar
    at the covered chalice full of wine,
    the plate holding the soft circles of the body of Christ.
  20. midriff
    the central area of the human torso (usually in front)
    Tug on the hem of Twins Green Lantern tee
    (it fits tight...and shows some midriff.
    I’m glad Mami didn’t ask to see what I had on under my jacket.)
  21. rook
    a castle-shaped chess piece that moves in a straight line
    His fingers move a rook across the screen,
    attacking some imaginary opponent.
  22. condone
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for
    But maybe my silence.
    Just made him feel more alone.
    Maybe my silence.
    Condones the ugly things people think.
  23. discord
    disagreement among those expected to cooperate
    A part of myself rebels against the discord.
  24. persona
    an image of oneself that one presents to the world
    ...I think the persona she portrays in her videos is really different from who she is in real life.
  25. dictate
    determine, order, or control how something is done
    I also think society puts a negative spin on her music by saying she’s allowing men to dictate how she raps, but a lot of her music shows a positive outlook on physical beauty.
  26. outlook
    an attitude that determines how you respond to situations
    I also think society puts a negative spin on her music by saying she’s allowing men to dictate how she raps, but a lot of her music shows a positive outlook on physical beauty.
  27. pang
    a sudden sharp feeling
    I take a deep breath at the pang of nostalgia.
  28. nostalgia
    a longing for something past
    I take a deep breath at the pang of nostalgia.
  29. crevice
    a long narrow opening
    I've
    learned
    that
    ants...
    —can
    crawl
    through
    crevices
  30. apocalypse
    a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the powers of evil
    —they
    will
    survive
    the
    apocalypse.
  31. pristine
    immaculately clean and unused
    Don’t look for pristine handling
    when men use your tears for Pine-Sol;

    they’ll mop the floor with your pride.
  32. brittle
    having little elasticity
    Make your heart a Brillo pad,

    brittle and steel—don’t be no damn sponge.
  33. callus
    a skin area that is thick or hard from continual pressure
    We would walk down the street
    and I would rub her calluses.
  34. pedestal
    an architectural support or base
    I just don’t know when I got too big

    for the appointed pedestal.
  35. grill
    question or examine thoroughly
    I push my locker closed and grill Aman before walking away.
Created on May 2, 2018 (updated May 3, 2018)

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