Acts of Care




I see the sawdust lining the floor of the barn.


The teeth of the fawn loose,

speckled tongue building a home.


I want to be loved and tender like a fool, mother.

Tell me the story of when the creator loved the creature so much,

it walked on all fours.

Valerye Hidalgo Garcia is a first-generation American, multimedia artist and budding writer currently residing on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Piscataway, Haudenosaunee, and Onondaga peoples. Her work explores the meaning of creation as an act of reclamation, as well as the nuances of embodiment. She can be found in the depths of library stacks or @meanteverything on Instagram.