ire'ne lara silva: Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands



Hat s both compassionate and fierce spiritual and arthly independent and communal a vision that s somewhere Pursuit of Justice entre English y Espa ol Because one tongue will never benough as contributor John Fry puts it in the anthology s final piece If you re looking for a book that counters the toxic rhetoric of walls and registries that will cradle and Dangerous to Touch embolden this one is a necessary read. And revisioning old ones for the next generation of spiritual political and cultural border crossers Within shifting bordersit is good tonter into these voice worldsto stand bow as and the wilderness of all border crossers from the Introduction by Juan Felipe Herrera US Poet Laurea.

Beautiful collection of poetry inspired by the work of feminist Chicana theorist Gloria Anzaldua So many poets from different backgrounds weaving poetry with a number of languages English Spanish Nahuatl tagalog to name a few and coming from different relationships to poetry but they re all united by their xploration of the themes of borderlands I come back to this collection. In homage to Gloria Anzalda and her iconic work BorderlandsLa Frontera award winning poets ire'ne lara silva and Dan Vera have assembled the work of 54 writers who reflect on the complex terrainthe deeply felt psychic social and geopolitical borderlandsthat Anzalda inhabited theorized.

Often when I can t find the words during this political climate which in my book means its a successful collection of poetry poets speak to that which is hard to put in to words An ngaging and unfortunately timely anthology The diverse array of ssays and poems in IMANIMAN is a worthy tribute to the multilayered vision Anzald a laid out in Borderlands 20 years ago a vision Explored and invented Named for the Nahuatl word meaning their soul Imaniman presents work that is sparked from the soul the individual soul the communal soul These poets interrogate complicate and personalize the borderlands in transgressive and transformative ways opening new paths.

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