Elaine Equi
Yo y Tu

In Spanish

yo means I


and tu

is a you

I know


or at least

am comfortable

addressing casually.


In English

we have no

informal form


to indicate

the you

still in pajamas —

hair wild,

drinking coffee.


Intimacy, friendship,

easy access –


in English

the informal you

is “Yo”

Found In Volume 41, No. 04
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About the Author

Elaine Equi’s books include Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, and most recently, Click and Clone, both from Coffee House Press. A new collection, Sentences and Rain, is forthcoming this year.