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Meet Cusi Coyllur

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cusi Coyllur.

Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. You can include as little or as much detail as you’d like.

I was five years old

Classical piano keys

Dreamt of melodies

Music was my happy place.

A gift to me, from mi mamá y mi papá.

I lived the life she dreamed of in Perú.

 

I was 13

I learned to write the melodies of my dreams

They were all I had

When my body began to crack.

 

I was 24

One year free of panic attacks

More than one year free of verbal abuse

Music is not life or death anymore

It is simply there, an old friend.

We work together well, when we can, knowing that

Bills come first now

Health comes first now

Music comes second now, but never last.

Has it been a smooth road?

Definitely not and still isn’t.

The road is never clear

on ground level

nor sky

with pot holes

broken glass

and fog so thick, I wonder if my next foot step will be a soft pad of grass or the pit where the pendulum awaits me.

 

I’ve faced verbal abuse,

panic disorder,

and so much more.

though the historian in me

will never let me forget my past,

I am present, here, today, and ups and downs never last.

I face the truth of the world

Broke today, maybe not tomorrow,

Hope today, and community to remind me when I have none.

Tell us about your business/company. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?

I specialize in the strange

known for twisting cords

bending wires

fusing metal

to make it beautiful

 

I am known for

my many identities

those who don’t have to hustle

don’t understand

 

I am most proud of

my mistakes

and mi voz

not for singing pero for

saying what needs to be said at all times.

What sets me a part from others is what sets you a part from me.

What are your plans for the future? What are you looking forward to or planning for – any big changes?

The future is female

The future is queer

The future is of color

The future is here

I plan to water this future and plant strange seeds

As a friend named yumi once told me

Big changes? the stars will tell

for now I wait

in the present hell

the future is here?

or is it near?

I hope to see you all

November, to make the future clear.

Pricing:

  • $15 for two zines, one button and the EP (“Bipolar Lovers in Love”) – cusicoyllurmusic.com
  • $10 for one zine, one button and the EP (“Bipolar Lovers in Love”) – cusicoyllurmusic.com
  • $3 or more donation on Bandcamp for “Our DNA is Resiliency” – Donations go to Immigrant Defenders Law Center
  • $15 for The Strange is Beautiful Alternative Self-Help Guide (thestrangeisbeautiful.com/store)

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Image Credit:

Daisy Noemi, Poem zine opened up – Photography by Sara Corona, Black and white cover of zine – Artwork by Thanialucina Delgado, Bipolar Lovers in Love photo – Daisy Noemi, DNA is Resiliency – Shannen Roberts

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