My grade-school paper put Myanmar on my map

The three-finger salute in the foreground at a protest in Yangon, February 9, 2021.
The three-finger salute in the foreground at a protest in Yangon, February 9, 2021.
The three-finger salute at a protest in Yangon, February 9, 2021. Source: VOA Burmese, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons






A new take on Pablo Neruda’s poem

Pablo Neruda, between book covers cited in the story. Composite by the author. Source: photo Wikipedia (Public Domain); Publisher’s book covers.




From Queen’s fourth album, A Night at the Opera, the song epitomized my father’s fascination with automobiles.

Photo of Alvaro B. Matiz posing with a 1946 Ford on the side of the road.
Photo of Alvaro B. Matiz posing with a 1946 Ford on the side of the road.
My father posing next to his 1946 Ford in the mid-fifties. Source: the author’s family archives.


Mauricio Matiz

I write reflections—personal stories and poems—that spring from where I live, New York City, often touched by where I was born, Bogotá.

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