FROM: LA Taco
Mangoes fill Yesika Salgado’s poetry in the same way Jacaranda trees blossom throughout her hometown in Silver Lake. She is a poet and activist emerging as the Sentimental Boss Bitch many have come to know and adore for gaslighting toxic masculinity on Instagram with heartfelt poems and screenshots.
“White man on the dating app asks why I don’t date white men he likes curvy latinas always wanted to sleep with someone like me he says I’m the smart kind of ‘Mexican’ the kind with a job and no kids I probably have a temper he finds angry womens sexy,” she writes in a poem titled Survival Tactics.
Salgado is a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist and has been featured in various platforms including Latina Magazine, Univision, NPR, and TEDx. Her poetry captures personal experiences with love, empowerment, and body positivity all while using mangoes as her signature reference.
Both parents raised Yesika and her two sisters in a traditional Salvadoran household. She admits it was difficult to understand why her mother stayed in a relationship with her father, despite his alcoholism. “She’s a powerful woman but sometimes I think she doesn’t feel like she has the right to own her power,” Yesika says, “Now that I’m older and I have loved when it’s gone to shit, now I know what that is, and it’s not that easy.” Read Rest of Article Here