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Speaking Wiri Wiri

Dan Vera

Publication Year: 2013

Winner of the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, Dan Vera's Speaking Wiri Wiri is a work of historical insight and wry wit, unexpectedly delightful and full of surprises as it meditates on the challenges of multiple identities, ethnicity, geographies of migration, familial displacement, popular history, and more.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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pp. 3-6

Contents

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pp. 7-10

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Introduction

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pp. 11-14

Dan Vera is a poet haunted by memory, haunted by place, haunted by words. Of course, these are the wellsprings of poetry in general, but in Vera’s case there is the added complication of having been born to Cuban parents in South Texas, a bastion of Mexican-American culture where cubanidad (so prevalent in Miami) might be as rare as Turkishness. ...

Section 1. The Trouble with Language

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pp. 15-16

Kvetch

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p. 17-17

Wiri Wiri

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p. 18-18

I Know You Little Codfish

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p. 19-19

Tower of Babel

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pp. 20-21

Fabuloso está en especial

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p. 22-22

Small Shame Blues

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p. 23-23

Playing Scrabble with Cousin Fela

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p. 24-24

Section 2. The Trouble with Borders

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pp. 25-26

The Borders Are Fluid within Us

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p. 27-27

How the Land Longs to Be Loved

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p. 28-28

Lago de Mil Ojos

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p. 29-29

The Constant Agitation Over What Belongs

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p. 30-30

Queen Anne’s Lace

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p. 31-31

Monarch Butterfly

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p. 32-32

Nabokov Visits the Smithsonian

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p. 33-33

Mr. Guzman Makes a Fool of Himself

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p. 34-34

Section 3. The Trouble with Memory

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pp. 35-36

Norse Saga

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p. 37-37

Tia Fefa Is a Menace to the Cuban Revolution

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p. 38-38

Gocha

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p. 39-39

The Interrogation of Poetry

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pp. 40-41

She Holds What Will Survive Her

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p. 42-42

Artifact

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p. 43-43

Hay Moros En La Costa

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p. 44-44

Abuelo

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p. 45-45

Handsome Caudillos

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pp. 46-47

His Name Is Librado, Meaning “Freed”

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p. 48-48

Cadúco

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p. 49-49

My Double

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p. 50-50

Section 4. The Memory of the Tongue

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pp. 51-52

Mamá Makes the Local Paper

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pp. 53-54

Memories of the Lost World

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p. 55-55

Garlic

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p. 56-56

Allergies

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p. 57-57

The Forgotten Fruit of Cuba

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pp. 58-59

Ambrosia on Four Legs

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p. 60-60

Apparition

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p. 61-61

Menu for an Immigrant Thanksgiving

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p. 62-62

Section 5. The Guide to Imaginary Monuments

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pp. 63-64

Purifying America’s Textbooks of Ethnic Studies

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pp. 65-66

Good Americans Organization, Circa 1952

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p. 67-67

The Cuban Friendship Urn

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pp. 68-69

Commemorations of Forgotten History

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pp. 70-71

The Perils of the Monumental

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p. 72-72

José Dominguez, the First Latino in Outer Space

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p. 73-73

How La Lupe Defeated the Alien Invasion of 1969

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pp. 74-75

Tall, Dark and Handsome Slums in Gotham City

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p. 76-76

All Oranges and Bananas Now

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p. 77-77

Asombrado

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pp. 78-79

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About the Author

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p. 80-80

Dan Vera is a writer, editor and literary historian living in Washington, DC. He is the author of the poetry collection The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008), and the editor of the gay culture journal White Crane. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597092845
E-ISBN-10: 1597092843
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597092746
Print-ISBN-10: 1597092746

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: First

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