Speaking Wiri Wiri

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Price
$16.95  $15.76
Publisher
Red Hen Press
Publish Date
Pages
80
Dimensions
5.9 X 8.8 X 0.4 inches | 0.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781597092746

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About the Author

Dan Vera is a writer, editor and literary historian living in Washington, DC. He is the author of the poetry collection The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008), and the editor of the gay culture journal White Crane. His poetry has appeared in various journals including Notre Dame Review, Beltway Poetry, Delaware Poetry Review, Cutthroat, Gargoyle, Little Patuxent Review, Naugatuck River, the anthologies Divining Divas, Full Moon On K Street: Poems About Washington, DC, and DC Poets Against the War. He's the co-creator of the literary history site, DC Writers' Homes, and on the board of Split This Rock Poetry.

Reviews

"Dan Vera's "Speaking Wiri Wiri" keeps traveling across the 'false borders of men' into 'memory of the tongue.' These poems--paeans to his Cuban family, heritage, history--testify to the thundering power of words. Whether Spanish, lost and found, or English, familiar and strange, these poems evoke the various ways that language exiles us and embodies the indelible past--who we are, where we came from, how we know. Like Vera's monarch butterfly and Queen Anne's lace-- this collection wanders from otro lado to this side and back--defying the impossible logic of fences." --Valerie Martinez, author of "And They Called It Horizon" and "Each and Her"

"Dan Vera is a poet haunted by memory, haunted by place, haunted by words. Of course, these are the wellsprings of poetry in general, but in Vera's case there is the added complication of having been born to Cuban parents in South Texas, a bastion of Mexican-American culture where cubanidad (so prevalent in Miami) might be as rare as Turkishness... As a poet driven to reconstruct the fragments of memory, just as an archeologist rebuilds ancient ruins, Vera knows that any possible reconnection to the past depends on a prescient understanding of the copious interplay between language and culture, made more lush still by the mediation of his Romantic imagination... Another person would have avoided this agonistic search for his roots (both linguistically and culturally), but Vera chose instead to persevere in connecting with his ancestral homeland, and I can only explain this doggedness as the result of a deep familial bond, an emotional debt that has to be repaid with poetry and poetry alone."--Orlando Menes
"These poems are charged with a poignant longing and the kind of humor that grins as it bleeds. Moving through a melange of memories seen more clearly, more tenderly from a present that is distant and not so distant, "Speaking Wiri Wiri" is also a careful look at the untraceable impacts of the words that surround us. Each of us--whether we mean to or not--looks back to find out where we are and why we are what we are. Dan Vera's new collection operates as a kind of soulful blueprint for this search."--Tim Seibles, author of "Fast Animal"
."..there is no gibberish to be found in Vera's "Letras Latinas-"winning poetry collection. Rather, there is much to inspire awe and provoke reflection... Pleasing language permeates this book... there's so much here to recommend "Speaking Wiri Wiri", that it's difficult to find fault with this wonderful collection."
--"Lambda Literary Review"
Dan Vera is a poet haunted by memory, haunted by place, haunted by words. Of course, these are the wellsprings of poetry in general, but in Vera s case there is the added complication of having been born to Cuban parents in South Texas, a bastion of Mexican-American culture where cubanidad (so prevalent in Miami) might be as rare as Turkishness As a poet driven to reconstruct the fragments of memory, just as an archeologist rebuilds ancient ruins, Vera knows that any possible reconnection to the past depends on a prescient understanding of the copious interplay between language and culture, made more lush still by the mediation of his Romantic imagination Another person would have avoided this agonistic search for his roots (both linguistically and culturally), but Vera chose instead to persevere in connecting with his ancestral homeland, and I can only explain this doggedness as the result of a deep familial bond, an emotional debt that has to be repaid with poetry and poetry alone. Orlando Menes"
Dan Vera s "Speaking Wiri Wiri" keeps traveling across the false borders of men into memory of the tongue. These poems paeans to his Cuban family, heritage, history testify to the thundering power of words. Whether Spanish, lost and found, or English, familiar and strange, these poems evoke the various ways that language exiles us and embodies the indelible past who we are, where we came from, how we know. Like Vera s monarch butterfly and Queen Anne s lace this collection wanders from otro lado to this side and back defying the impossible logic of fences. Valerie Martinez, author of "And They Called It Horizon" and "Each and Her"
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there is no gibberish to be found in Vera s "Letras Latinas-"winning poetry collection. Rather, there is much to inspire awe and provoke reflection Pleasing language permeates this book there s so much here to recommend "Speaking Wiri Wiri," that it s difficult to find fault with this wonderful collection.
"LambdaLiteraryReview""
Dan Vera s Speaking Wiri Wiri keeps traveling across the false borders of men into memory of the tongue. These poems paeans to his Cuban family, heritage, history testify to the thundering power of words. Whether Spanish, lost and found, or English, familiar and strange, these poems evoke the various ways that language exiles us and embodies the indelible past who we are, where we came from, how we know. Like Vera s monarch butterfly and Queen Anne s lace this collection wanders from otro lado to this side and back defying the impossible logic of fences. Valerie Martinez, author of And They Called It Horizon and Each and Her
"
These poems are charged with a poignant longing and the kind of humor thatgrins as it bleeds. Moving through a melange of memories seen more clearly, more tenderly from a present that is distant and not so distant, Speaking WiriWiri is also a careful look at the untraceable impacts of the words that surroundus. Each of us whether we mean to or not looks back to find out where weare and why we are what we are. Dan Vera s new collection operates as a kind ofsoulful blueprint for this search. Tim Seibles, author of Fast Animal"
there is no gibberish to be found in Vera s Letras Latinas-winning poetry collection. Rather, there is much to inspire awe and provoke reflection Pleasing language permeates this book there s so much here to recommend Speaking Wiri Wiri, that it s difficult to find fault with this wonderful collection.
LambdaLiteraryReview"