Yosimar Reyes began to notice machismo when he was a young man being raised by his grandmother.
“I saw it was my grandma who was always doing everything,” he says. “She thought that was her role.”
Now, he challenges this kind of repressive masculinity in his poetry. “Everything that I write is celebrating masculinity without being in an oppressive form,” he says. “It’s a burden. Sometimes you don’t want what comes with this privilege. When it comes to growing up as a boy, there’s a blueprint to how men should act. I reject that.”