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Unlike The Ways Thesethe ways these are The Last of the Tribe flippantly thrown around There s also a moving introduction by poet Martin Espada Wow This is a really different book of poetry Some of the poems areunny some cute some angry some clever and some I don t understand I enjoy reading them out loud The poems are rom such different perspectives I need to pause reread try another smile give up get angry at Bush and Ira laugh nod in agreement laugh out loud I m glad I ound it at the thrift store I got much than my 75 worth A The Book of Air fierce collection that does not shy awayrom genocide rape love poetry that avoids the sentimental and breaks the content wide open I have a eeling the images the propelling momentum of this collection will not soon leave me Reader I wept Consider the Hands that Write This Letter after Marina WilsonConsider the handsthat write this letterThe left palm pressed lat against the paperas it has done before over my heartin peace or rev. Oman who is not afraid to tackle any subject including rape genocide and love always sustained by an optimistic voice assuring us that in the end justice will triumph and love will persevere LOVE you be the reason whywe swagger jive lift the guitar pick up the axe Audacious ierce poetry but now ive years after I READ IT I CAN SEE THAT SOME OF it I can see that some of work leans too much on sentiment romanticism but having said that it is done very unselfconsciously Litany and Here are standouts poems This book is everythingI started reading it because of the Estefani Lora poem which is my The Seduction of Miranda Prosper favorite poem by Aracelis But this collection in its entirety is beautiful and real and amazing There is so much to love about it I read Kingdom Animalia about a year ago and had really high hopesor this collection its predecessor Although it wasn t as strong or spellbinding as that book and it d be a bit shocking if it was to be honest I still The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy found these to be really stunning as well A key difference to me was that Kingdom Animalia seemed to all be speakingrom the same place and all of the poems were echoing off of each other whereas this The Pierced Heart felt a lot disjointed In some ways this actually appeared intentional a reflection of Girmay samilial geographic diversity of course best illustrated in the stunning closing poem and in that vein it works well At other points however it elt like too much a shift to go rom exploring war crimes to childhood memories that isn t to say the transition shouldn t be made but that it Elizabeth I felt a bit jerkyor me With that said she s certainly adept at both ends of the spectrum Her politicized wide angle poems express a seething rage and heartbreak of course best embodied by Arroz Poetica while her smaller scale personal pieces like Santa Ana of Grocery Carts carry a warmth and intimacy and vulnerability that s really engaging Girmay has an expert intuition or
rhythm syntax and repetition the latter of which is probably mostsyntax and repetition the latter of which is probably most of all considering its prevalence here and how stale or annoying that would be in the hands of most poets Arroz Poetica is the undeniable stand out I had to set the book down and walk around a bit after inishing it Then Sing Here Scent Love Poem or the Pil n and Epistolary Dream Poem after Finding a Schoolbook Map were my othe. Stunning highly original poems that celebrate the richness of the author's multicultural tradition Teeth explores loves wars wild hope defiance and the spirit of creativity in a daring use of language and syntax Behind this language one senses a powerful inventive ,