Portraits as Animal: Poems

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Bloomsday Literary
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.2 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author
Victoriano Cárdenas is a trans poet and native of Taos. He graduated with an MFA in 2020 from the University of New Mexico where he served as editor in chief of Blue Mesa Review and executive editor of Skull + Wind Press. His literary work has appeared in Witchcraft Magazine, Terraform by VICE, [PANK], and Quarterly West. Cárdenas co-wrote and appeared in the Audible Original Eminent Domain and currently writes for Lime Salt Productions and Meow Wolf. He lives in Albuquerque with his rescue dog, Sophie.

In poems both beautiful and feral, Victoriano Cárdenas' Portrait As Animals delivers a visceral punch to the gut. Cárdenas reveals that there is no need to dig into the depths of the human soul for the violence and savagery that lives right at the surface. Instead, the work is to find the tenderness and vulnerability hidden inside. The work is to become poet and human and man, to sand and polish and stain, to name and highlight our unique intricacies, to in the end, finally declare, "Now I am redone." -ire'ne lara silva, Author of Cuicacalli/House of Song and Hibiscus Tacos

Sewn together with the fluid thread of the acequias of Northern New Mexico, these poems trace the complicated-yet-life-giving connections between origin and inheritance. Cárdenas turns always to the well of possibilities inherent in choosing to love the world as he finds it, messy and rusted as it can sometimes be. Portraits as Animal is a wild menagerie of desire and loyalty, anxiety and joy, an animal cursed with awareness but gifted with the mouth that can sing us these songs. -Trevor Ketner, author of [WHITE] and 2020 Lambda Literary Fellow