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Sandra Cisneros is a bruja, a witch weaving words into a spell, a teller of tall tales. And she is a lifesaver to those brave ones among us who attempt to teach poetry to knuckleheaded, smart-mouthed public high school students. The kids like her words, the way they roll off the lips like good hiphop: rhythmic and percussive. They like how she tells the Man—and the men—to back off. And even when she’s fierce and angry, she’s sexy, too. The girls want to be like her; the boys want to get with her. From the knowing child of The House on Mango Street to the unrepentant femme fatale of My Wicked Wicked Ways, Cisneros has captured the voices of womanhood. She proudly states that she is “nobody’s mother and nobody’s wife,” but she is our poet: fierce, intelligent, and passionate. She reads from her work at 8 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $10. (202) 544-7077. (Holly Bass)