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Roberto Tejada

Publication Year: 2012

Poet Roberto Tejada uses lyrical poems to explore and give a voice to the troubles of global citizenship, US–Mexico relations, Latino identity, and the political emotion of queer sexualities. His collection provides a holistic ground-level view of pivotal world events from the mid 1990s to a more recent present.

Tejada’s innovative work dramatically widens the scope of Latina/o literature, showing us exactly what it can accomplish. The poems move very much like a three-act play, in which the first act is one of origins; the second, a staging of desire; and the third, a symbiosis. These acts magnify one another when unified. Each poem within the collection positions itself within the avant-garde, in which the artful use of language aims to dazzle, surprise, and enliven. The poems dance by, preserving a tension between hurry and delay, momentum and stasis, and every line is like a newly launched firecracker, sending out startling patterns of spark and flare.

Tejada’s exuberant language stretches the limits of selfhood and the way it is represented in poetry. He illuminates the tangled webs that are woven when identities are linked to sexuality, nationality, privilege, and temporality. The concerns and obsessions voiced here turn the construction of desire on its head, forcing us to ask ourselves what is worthy of our attentions.

Published by: University of Arizona Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Acknowledgments

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Grateful acknowledgment to publishers of the limited-edition chapbooks, literary journals, and anthologies in which some of these works first appeared: ...

Prologue: The Archive Ballad

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I am a concept

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1. If Even Such Miracles Are Rare . . .

Piano wire of the last word

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If Even Such Miracles Are Rare

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The intelligentsia of Los Angeles

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As if still awake

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Animals oblivious

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The kind of line I'm describing

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Being a day

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(Taxco: The Hills)

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Source or matrix

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Newer measure to the ethics

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Field of material contentions

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2. Full Foreground

Flatlands

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Three blind mice

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Not a word of my surrounding

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Impulse in the great organism of terror

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Full foreground and shortcomings

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Caught between the last ground

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Low in tar and nicotine

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An establishment containing such a furnace

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It happens when the drift-rebounding

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3. Amulet Anatomy

Honeycomb perfection of this form

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What it means

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A reverence in the order of time

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Sun bursting as in water beads

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Weather suited

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The plain terms this place a conversation

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by what authority

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Afterlife: Anniversary

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Where on the morning

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Notes

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About the Author

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Roberto Tejada is the author of two books of poetry, Mirrors for Gold and Exposition Park. An art historian, his other books include ...


E-ISBN-13: 9780816599325
Print-ISBN-13: 9780816521333

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Camino del Sol

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