A list of recent poetry by Latinx poets selected by librarians at The Seattle Public Library. (Updated September 2020)
The devastating and electrifying second book from Corral (Slow Lightning) features an imagined multivoiced narrative at the U.S.-Mexican border and its surrounding deserts.
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Postcolonial Love Poem
Diaz continues to demonstrate her masterful use of language while reinventing narratives about desire.
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A BreakBeat Poets anthology that opposes silence and re-mixes the soundtrack of the Latinx diaspora across diverse poetic traditions. - publisher's description
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The rhythmic latest from Toro (Stereo.Island.Mosaic) is steeped in spoken word beats as it addresses such contemporary issues as immigration, gun violence, and income inequality.
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When I Walk Through That Door, I Am
Poet-activist Jimmy Baca immerses the reader in an epic narrative poem, imagining the experience of motherhood in the context of immigration, family separation, and ICE raids on the Southern border - publisher's description
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How to Love A Country
Generous and deeply felt, the long prose poems in this moving new collection from presidential inaugural poet Blanco (after Looking for the Gulf Motel) help us understand what it means to cross a border. - Library Journal
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Tracing the Horse
Delgado's stirring debut offers a ledger of the violence inflicted on female bodies within La Puente, located in the San Gabriel Valley of greater Los Angeles.
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Smith's image-driven metaphors circle the "molten core of the real," articulating shared dilemmas while jolting the reader out of complacence.
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The Book of Ruin
These surrealist versions of historical events and a speculative future allow revolutionaries and outlaws, alongside elemental voices such as Brother Fire and Sister Smoke, to address their oppressors, often with tragic results.
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A collection of poems in which the author recounts her brother's murder and the devastating aftermath that followed. - publisher's description
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