Lima:: Limón

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"Through a range of forms--tercets, prose hybrids, lyric strophes, and more--the poems in Scenters-Zapico's second collection . . . incisively interrogate the aesthetics of cultural difference." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review In her striking second collection, Natalie Scenters-Zapico sets her unflinching gaze once again on the borders of things. Lima:: Lim n illuminates both the sweet and the sour of the immigrant experience, of life as a woman in the U.S. and Mexico, and of the politics of the present day. Drawing inspiration from the music of her childhood, her lyrical poems focus on the often-tested resilience of women. Scenters-Zapico writes heartbreakingly about domestic violence and its toxic duality of macho versus hembra, of masculinity versus femininity, and throws into harsh relief the all-too-normalized pain that women endure. Her sharp verse and intense anecdotes brand her poems into the reader; images like the Virgin Mary crying glass tears and a border fence that leaves never-healing scars intertwine as she stares down femicide and gang violence alike. Unflinching, Scenters-Zapico highlights the hardships and stigma immigrants face on both sides of the border, her desire to create change shining through in every line. Lima:: Lim n is grounding and urgent, a collection that speaks out against violence and works toward healing.

Product Details

Price: $16.00  $14.72
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Published Date: May 14, 2019
Pages: 80
Dimensions: 6.6 X 0.4 X 9.4 inches | 0.35 pounds
ISBN: 9781556595318
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About the Author

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is the author of The Verging Cities, as well as the recipient of the PEN American/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the National Association of Chicano/a Studies Book Award.

Reviews

"Reading the book doesn't make me feel better. It makes me weep with anger and frustration. It opens the wounds people try to ignore. It calls the ambulance."--Indiana Review "Her poems in this collection are dark, visceral, haunting, and will echo for days in your mind....Throughout, she builds and breaks down the boundaries of love, place, identity, and memory in ways that are unexpected, and uses them to great effect to write the political and engage us in the surreal violence of our time." --American Literary Review "In these poems, the border is a powerful metaphor, but it is never merely trope; it is actual, political, damaging."--The Kenyon Review "These poems are coyotes that will leave you waterless in the middle of the desert...The Verging Cities pulls no punches, yet it is also tender and intelligent."--Blue Mesa Review "With poems that are as intelligent as they are urgent, Natalie Scenters-Zapico offers a necessary poetic voice in these perilous times." --University of New Mexico English News & Notes "[B]ooks like The Verging Cities must be not only written, but read--and read well. You will not win a staring contest with Natalie Scenters-Zapico; this poet cannot, and will not, look away."--American Microreviews and Interviews