"Resistencia could not be more timely. It is a stunning collection of revelations and witness... Indispensable."
– Luis Alberto Urrea
Below you will find our Resistencia anthology, ready for purchase straight from Bookshop--buying here helps out local bookstores around the country.
We are also made a curated list of available books by the poets and translators included in the collection, along with other pertinent titles that tie into the themes of the anthology. We hope you'll pick up Resistencia, but that it will also serve as a launching point, a gateway, for seeking out specific poets and translators to explore even further. I hope the below selection of books by some of our contemporary contributors with the project will provide portals for readers to dive even further, and then beyond and beyond.
Any proceeds from purchases of the book made through this page will not only support independent bookstores, but also the literary non-profit Red Poppy, the organization behind the Resistencia project. Every bit helps our outreach efforts fund our outreach and education programs around the anthology.
Mark Eisner, Julia Alvarez, et al.$18.95 $17.43
"A groundbreaking collection of works by over 50 poets, Resistencia is alive with bravery, feminism, strength, agency, protest, power and hope." – Ms. Magazine
Juan Felipe Herrera$14.95 $13.75
The newest book from the cilantro magic heart and poet, powerful lines from one of the most humble huge hearted poets you'll ever read. After his first term as poet Laureate bringing poetry to children, he was asked to serve another term. Published by holy City Lights...
Carolina De Robertis$26.95 $24.79
Yet another moving book by Carolina, who translated Rebeca Lane's rap "Poisonous Poetry" for the anthology. And this luscious novel, set in her native Uraguay flows with sweeping Resistencia prose. As the New York Times put it: "Cantoras is bold and unapologetic, a challenge to the notion of ‘normalcy’ and a tribute to the power of love, friendship and political resistance. It’s a revolutionary fable, ideal for this moment, offered with wisdom and care.”
Mark Eisner$19.99 $18.39
The acclaimed biography of one of the most iconic resistance poets of the 20th century. It braids together three major strands of Neruda’s life—his world-revered poetry; his political engagement; and his tumultuous, even controversial, personal life—forming a single cohesive narrative of intimacy and breadth, and showing the efficacy of the self-proclaimed "people's poet" ability to create social change through verse. Written by Resistencia's co-editor Mark Eisner, with the participation of contributors Megan Coxe, Jessica Powell, Carolina de Roberits, among others. Features input by Resistencia poets such as Raúl Zurita. A Finalist for the PEN/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography. Basis for Mark's Paris Review essay, "What We Can Learn from Neruda's Poetry of Resistance"
Javier Zamora$16.00 $14.72
Javier is one of the youngest poets in the collection. His father fled El Salvador when Javier was a year old, as did his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents’ migrations were caused by the US-funded Salvadoran Civil War (1980–1992). In 1999, Zamora migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and eventually the Sonoran Desert. After a coyote abandoned his group in Oaxaca, Zamora managed to make it to Arizona with the aid of other migrants. "Zamora’s resourcefulness is one of his most distinctive qualities as a poet. "-- The New Yorker
Gioconda Belli$16.95 $15.59
Gioconda has been crucial in the anthology's evolution. While there are several volumes of her poems translated into English, this memoir from the electrifying Nicaraguan is just gorgeous and so important. Salmon Rushdie describes it as "a passionate, lyrical, tough-minded account of an extraordinary life in art, revolution, and love. It's a book to relish, to read and re-read. Unforgettable."
Carlos Drummond de Andrade$25.00
Featuring Richard Zenith's translation of "International Symposium of Fear,” this collection he assembled is the most dynamic and vivid collection of Drummond's poetry. The poetry is transformational, in its own words, and in the experience one has by reading it. The voice of Brazil's emblematic, masterful, lyrical resistance poet is needed now more than ever under his country's--the world's---current political situation.
Nancy Morejon$17.00 $15.64
Morejón’s mentor was her fellow Cuban Nicolás Guillén, a key poet also contained within the Resistencia collection, and she follows his stress on celebrating blackness, while not yielding to be defined by a single identity or social fight. “I am, at once, Nancy Morejón,” she asserts, “an individual, a unity, who cannot be subdivided into parts as one does when learning math…I am not more of a black person than a woman; I am not more of a woman than a Cuban; I am not more of a black person than a Cuban. I am a brief combustion of those factors.” That combustion flares with the flames of all the factors and identities of herself and the collective realities and history of her fellow Afro-Cuban women to burn lines that rage in resistance, among other struggles, to their continued erasure from contemporary and historical narratives, while keeping their revolutionary spirit alive. Before a Mirror, the City offers an exciting new angle, where she focuses on the poetry of place, richly illuminating the character of Habana in all its vibrancy.
Zamora's voice continues to shine clarity through illuminating blend of resilience and sensitivity, drawing on a deep well of experiences. Her revolutionary involvement began when she joined the Sandinista National Liberation Front in her native Nicaragua in 1973, both as a combatant and as a programming director and clandestine announcer on Radio Sandino. With the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, she served as Vice-Minister of Culture until 1982. Art, feminism, human rights, and love are the beacons of her work and this collection, translated by her lauded husband George Evans.
The Poetry Foundation has described Raúl as “one of Latin America’s most celebrated and controversial poets.” This volume is translated by our incredible contributor Anna Deeny. This is a landmark book that sets up Anna and Raúl's collection of his selected poems, "Sky Below." “There isn’t a more important contemporary writer than Raúl Zurita. And through her insistent attention to diction and syntax, Anna Deeny creates an English poetry as abrupt, heuristic, sweeping, and finally redemptive as the Spanish; to wit, she delivers Zurita’s genius.” —Forrest Gander. "Raúl Zurita is one of the essential poets of the twenty-first century, and we are fortunate to have these fiercely beautiful translations." —Robert Hass
Reina Maria Rodriguez$18.00
This book is the latest jewel from an astonishing body of work from one of Cuba's most dynamic minds. It won the 2020 PEN Award for Translation. Kristin Dykstra, its principal translator, has worked with the poet for years now. When asked what Rodríguez’s work means to the spirit of resistance, Dykstra concluded: “What she resists most insistently is the reduction of life to codified platforms. What she gives us instead in her poems is something vibrant, moving, fleet”. (Dykstra’s translation of Rodríguez’s “California Apples” appears in the anthology).
A staunch defender of the rights of the marginalized, Guillén is considered one of the pioneers of Afro-Antillean poetry. In this collection of his selected poems, re-issued thirty years after its original publication, we are introduced to the the son of Cuban music and Afro-Cuban folklore, within a poetic literary context, one that never ceases to condemn the discrepancies of class and imperialism.
Gabriela Mistral$34.95 $32.15
Latin America's first Nobel Laureate translated by the visionary Ursula K. Le Guin, who could win a Nobel, but has won the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters among so many other awards in her prolific career.
A stellar book edited by Barbara Pashke, a major contributor to Resistencia, and translated by Jack Hirschman, who translated the Dalton poem in the anthology. (this book is sometimes on backorder, not currently available)
The most recent collection of Dalton's poetry to be published. As our friend E. Ethelbert Miller wrote, ""How amazing to talk of love and death in the same breath.... Roque Dalton's poetry celebrates man's desire to live in this hemisphere. This man's work hits me harder than springtime." (Check out Ethelbert's poetry in our Bookshop list, "Support Red Poppy and indie bookstores by buying cool books here" :)
Fernanda García Lao$15.95 $14.67
Pre-order now to get in on all the excitement about this deliriously wonderful novel coming early 2021 from Fernanda García Lao. It's her first book published in English. Fernanda, from Argentina, who contributed one of the most powerful contemporary poems in the anthology. to anthology. Will Vanderhyden translated it, as he did this book.
Jack Hirschman$14.95 $13.75
Jack has been a tireless resistance activist on and off the page. His translations of Roque Dalton and Roberto Sosa adds history to our Resistencia collection. This book, All That's Left, came out after he was named San Francisco's poet laureate. As holy City Lights described the book, "The fourth volume of the San Francisco Poet Laureate Series, All That’s Left is a powerful collection of poems for social justice by street-poet-turned- laureate Jack Hirschman. The volume opens with Hirschman’s autobiographical inaugural address, which vividly traces his career as poet, translator, and agitator."
Elicura Chihuailaf Nahuelpan$28.00