Wild Invocations (Paperback)
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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Women's Studies. "WILD INVOCATIONS is that moment that happens sometimes at a bombazo when you realize that you're watching a woman dance, but also witnessing the dancing of all the generations who meet inside her. And that their dancing is filled with both a listening for the routes and a burning of the routes. History blooming and being ravaged all at once. These poems are, for me, that moment: mighty and elemental, inventive and imaginative--with an ear to the drum. They are fierce in their ability to render the catastrophes while simultaneously surviving them. Here Ysabel Gonz lez chooses 'to ruthlessly start / from the scratchy / throated beginning.' She writes: 'Mother, teach me // teach me to unleash / unravel a memory / memory which kills ahead.' This book is urgent, prayerful, fight-full. Alive. Every word and breath here is a mind willing itself to live. We are so lucky for this poet in the world."