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Guillotine: Poems by Eduardo C. Corral

“How did you make it through those days? / When you’re hurt, you’re not completely in the world.” —Eduardo C. Corral
Guillotine is a mystifying journey between worlds both real and imaginary, where sensation is severe and reason becomes blurred. In Guillotine, Corral has expanded Gloria Anzaldúa’s “borderlands” concept into our present moment, carefully teetering on the small divide between nations, gender identity, sexuality, and realities. Images of desert crossings, bloodied bodies, and dear, untouchable men take shape in bilingual and experimental poetic form. This collection of poems is an essential addition to the developing queer-Latinx imaginary. — Juj

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ISBN: 9781644450307
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 4th, 2020

Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution Edited by Mark Eisner & Tina Escaja, Introduction by Julia Alvarez

This collection amplifies and revitalizes the Latin American tradition of protest poetry. Featuring the work of beloved poets such as Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Nancy Morejon, and Ana Maria Rodas, this bilingual text asks us to remember that the fight for justice is ongoing and motivated by our own creative and collective power. — Juj

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By Julia Alvarez (Introduction by), Mark Eisner (Editor), Tina Escaja (Editor)
ISBN: 9781951142070
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Published: Tin House Books - September 15th, 2020

Finna: Poems by Nate Marshall

More than a carefully stylized collection of poetry, Finna is an embodiment of Nate Marshall’s world, which is family and Chicago; which is language and Black life. With lyrical precision, sweet slang, and cunning rhythm, Marshall acknowledges the violence imposed on Black and Brown bodies; the cultural elements that promote spiritual fortitude; and the opportunity to embrace the future as a space of beautiful possibility. His work is a testament to the people who have inspired it, and as Marshall writes, “our people deserve / poetry without meter. we deserve our / own jagged rhythm & our own uneven / walk towards sun.” These poems demand mourning, deep reckoning, and wonderful celebration. Read them. — Juj

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ISBN: 9780593132456
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Published: One World - August 11th, 2020

Finding Latinx by Paola Ramos

This book is a remarkable and historic achievement for us all. Paola Ramos, host of VICE’s Latin-X, has journeyed across the United States to examine the full range of those included in the controversial term “Latinx.” With a collection of intimate interviews and portraits, Ramos demonstrates Latinx as not only belonging to scenes of immigration and assimilitude, but also as being indigenous, black, trans, queer, and so much more. For those committed to human rights and social change, this book is an essential text in understanding both the diverse experiences of the Latinx population and the challenges we face collectively as a nation. — Juj

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ISBN: 9781984899095
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Published: Vintage - October 20th, 2020

Ramifications by Daniel Saldaña Paris

Twenty years after his mother’s disappearance, a man broods over the many catastrophes of his life, attempting to fill a cavernous void. We are invited down memory lane in pursuit of one day leaving the bedroom of the afflicted protagonist. Strange and inviting, with strong wit, tender curiosity, and a few dark twists, Ramifications is a novel of self-reflection and the process of healing. — Juj

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ISBN: 9781566895965
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 13th, 2020

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