Tripas: Poems

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Price
$19.95  $18.55
Publisher
Georgia Review Books
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Pages
104
Dimensions
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.26 inches | 0.32 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780820363509

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About the Author

BRANDON SOM is the author of The Tribute Horse, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook Babel's Moon. He lives on the unceded land of the Kumeyaay Nation and is an associate professor of literature and creative writing at the University of California San Diego.

Reviews

Brandon Som celebrates his Chinese and Mexican ancestries by amplifying not collision but coalition--a cultural partnership that's existed in the Americas for generations, though seldomly encountered in poetry. At this vibrant intersection of language, ethnicity, and identity, inventive imagery is borne and so too a surprising lens that leaves us awestruck by Som's rich poetic landscape and multivalent story.--Rigoberto González "author of To the Boy Who Was Night: New and Selected Poems"
In Brandon Som's Tripas, a vision of the self is profoundly contingent on portraits of others that manifest 'what's passed down, what's recovered.' Som brings a consciousness of 'tenor & rasp' to poems informed by family gossip and social history, one's place of origin and one's place of immigrant footing, and the textures of Chinese and Spanish. Saturated with exuberant language and story, the poems in Tripas have the amplitude of archives and the intimacy of songs.--Rick Barot "author of The Galleons"
'What is it we keep? What is obsolete?' Brandon Som's Tripas shows us the insides of conversations, family lineage, and technological objects as a line in itself--everything connected--the wires, the 'piecework, ' the harmonics of English, Spanish, and Chinese, and the people in his family whose labor and language are tied and inextricably linked to material and matter. As the daughter of a microchips assembly line worker, I have been waiting for this book from the grandson of a Motorola plant worker, and I see how these poems are fragments that are not fractured, but found, heard, recorded. Som's poems are a ledger of love that shifts, traces, extends that which telephones often do: split distance and cut across time to bring us closer to what is created.--Janice Lobo Sapigao "author of Microchips for Millions"
Tripas is a beautiful book and a wondrous reading experience. It transcends multiple borders, telling vivid family stories in gorgeous lyrical language. Whether honoring his Chinese grandfather or Chicana nana or other colorful characters--the poems flow euphonically line to line, with fine phrasing and deep compassion. . . . If personal is universal, this family portrait represents the beauty and resiliency of our diverse and colorful human condition. It augurs a spectacular world to come.--Marilyn Chin "author of A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems"
His grandfather's arduous journey from Asia to the US, his grandmother's time in a microchip factory on the border, his relatives' work in barbers', butchers' and corner shops could form the basis of a memoir, autobiographical novel or case study in pan-American history. But so far Som has written none of these things. Instead, he has built what he knows about his family's labours into two intricately patterned and formally inventive books of poems.--Stephanie Burt "London Review of Books"