A Grave Is Given Supper

Mike Soto (Author)


A Narco-Acid Western told in a series of interlinked poems, Soto's striking debut collection follows the converging paths of two protagonists through El Sumidero, a fictional US/Mexico border town where an ongoing drug war is raging. The surreal verse of Soto's poems portrays a bleak political climate as it coincides with the rituals of love & loss, culture & spirituality, & the quest for a better life at all costs. Following the narrative arc of Alejandro Jodorowsky's classic cult film, El Topo, A Grave is Given Supper builds a world saturated with a mystical aura that describes the finite tensions & complicated desires of lives taking place in the borderland.

Product Details

$15.95  $14.67
Deep Vellum Publishing
Publish Date
July 28, 2020
4.9 X 0.5 X 7.9 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Mike Soto is a first generation Mexican American, raised in East Dallas and in a small town in Michoac√°n. He is the author of the chapbooks Beyond the Shadow's Ink, and most recently Dallas Spleen (Deep Vellum). He received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, & was awarded the James Merrill Poetry Fellowship by Vermont Studio Center in 2019. A Grave Is Given Supper is his debut collection of poetry.


"Soto drives a relentless narrative from poem to poem... a narrative composed of equal parts joy and rage." - The Literary Review

"Soto eases into discomfort and renders it stunning." - Katy Dycus, The Wild Detectives

"There is a deep, inescapable sadness in many of Mike Soto's poems but it is a sadness for the world and never himself. It's wrong to stereotype poets, even positively, but I think Soto's Mexican literary heritage is deep in his bone marrow. It's a rich, earthly, mystical tradition in which to have one's taproots. These poems of light and life are compressed, but never crushed." - Thomas Lux