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Portraits as Animal: Poems (Paperback)

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Portraits as Animal is a gallery of self-becoming in a "sunbaked house as tiny as a heart." With a toothy lyricism at turns sly and forthright, C rdenas's hunger to belong carries us from a stove "bleeding a hundred kinds of caldo" to his "determined mitochondrial ancestors''-a journey framed by generational struggles with addiction, a queerphobic church, and the always-transforming land.

In conversation with Taos's rich artistic tradition and the brutal, binding legacy of colonization, C rdenas writes through his transition, acknowledging that "to become a man means a lifetime of needles like the man who raised me." Here is pain and violence, but here, too, is the assurance that we are "built for this metamorphosis" and can follow our past incarnations "over scorched earth neon with new grass" to a future of our own making.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780999823965
ISBN-10: 0999823965
Publisher: Bloomsday Literary
Publication Date: April 1st, 2023
Pages: 84
Language: English

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