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Holding My Shirts Hunched, washerman in the dawdling waters Bent to a work of days In a small town, I know this man. I know his family And they know me. They have a family business in washing. I went to school with this boy. The man who was that boy has my shirts. On these days, in this season He has me in his hands, I can tell by his eyes And he can tell by mine I know. In my shirts When I am not in my shirts He finds me, something of me To make the shirts mine. He finds the form of my arms, The light smells of my neck. He sees me with his hands And with his nose. He pushes me with his fingers. He makes me leave from the shirts But he is not angry. He returns the shirts to me Folded. I am embarrassed at his work, His touching me. In the fold there is something of him. I wish there were not. -ALBERTO Rios CLASSIFIEDS WORK for single-payer National Health Care. Join GRAY PANTHERS, intergenerational advocates against ageism and for progressive policies promoting social and economic justice. $20 individual, $35 family. 3710 Cedar, Austin, TEXAS AIDS NETWORK dedicated to improving HIV/AIDS policy and funding in Texas. Individual membership $25, P.O. Box 2395, Austin, TX LESBIAN/GAY DEMOCRATS of Texas Our Voice in the Party. Membership $15, P.O. Box 190933, Dallas, 75219. SICK OF KILLING? Join the Amnesty International Campaign Against the WORK FOR OPEN, responsible government in Texas. Join Common Cause/Texas, 1615 Guadalupe, #204, TEXAS TENANTS’ UNION. Membership $18/year, $10/six months, $30 or more/sponsor. Receive handbook on tenants’ rights, newsletter, and more. 5405 East Grand, Dalles, IX 75223. CENTRAL TEXAS CHAPTER of fhd ACLU invites you to our noon Forum, the last Friday of every month, at Luby’s, 2233 North Loop, Austin. For information call LIBERTARIAN PARTY Liberal on personal freedoms, but conservative in ecoNATIONAL WRITERS UNION. We give working writers a fighting chance. Collective bargaining. Grievance procedures. Health insurance. Journalists, authors, poets, commercial writers. Forming Austin local. Noelle McAfee, 450-0705; Bill Adler, 443-8961. PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. Join The Texas Civil Rights Project, 227 Congress #340, Austin, Texas 78701. $20/year. Volunteers also needed. Contact Jim Harrington or Fara Sloan. BOOKS HILARIOUS BOOK of humor by Richard beats: HOW TO KEEP LAUGHING EVEN THOUGH YOU’VE CONSIDEktb ALL tHE EAtr$, Send $11,10 to Fellowship of Reconciliation, Box 271, Nyack, N.Y. 10960. THE KROTTKEY CHRONICLES. Bruce McCandless’s short novel about love, violence, and the University of Texas in the early 80s, is now available at Congress Avenue Booksellers, 716 Congress Avenue, Austin. SERVICES LOW-COST MICROCOMPUTER AS-SISTANCE. Tape to diskette conversion, statistical analysis, help with setting up special projects, custom programming, needs assessment. Gary Lundquest, Austin, Texas 78703. PHOTOGRAPHY Reality is us. 20 years for the Texas Observer and he will take a few for you. Alan Pogue, 1701 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78701, MARY NELL MATHIS, CPA, 20 years experience in tax, litigation support, and other analyses. 400 West 15th, HIV ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION for a twominute recorded message. REALESTATE HOUSEBUYERS The Consumer’s Agent. Our allegiance is to the residential buyer. 201 Jefferson Square, Austin, CALL GARY DUGGER with REALTEX when you are ready to buy or sell your home or property. Office 512/288-3170; D.P. 397-8580. Six estate lots in Lewis Mountain Ranch. Twenty acres. Two creeks. Two dams. EDUCATION Centro Maya. Spanish, Maya languages immersion, indigenous and women owned educational cooperative in beautiful Guatemalan highlands. Five hours-weekdy individual instruction and full R&B with loving Guatemaltecan family: $120 weekly summer. Discount airfares available. Contact: CMI, 3314 Sherwood, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308; MERCHANDISE “VOTE REPUBLICAN, IT’S EASIER THAN THINKING” bumperstickers. Still $2 each, 3 for $5. To Les Ross, P.O. Box 33072, Austirt, Texas 78767. CLASSIFIED RATES: Minimum ten words. One time, 50 cents per word; three times, 45 cents per word; six times, 40 cents per word; 12 times, 35 cents per word; 25 times, 30 cents per word. Telephone and box numbers count as two words, abbreviations and zip codes as one. Payment must accompany order for all classified ads. Deadline is three weeks before cover date. Address orders and inquiries to Advertising Director, The Texas Observer, 307 West 7th, Austin, TX ORGANIZATIONS THE TEXAS OBSERVER 6 13