Year of the Dog

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128
Dimensions
6.9 X 8.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781950774012

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About the Author

Deborah Paredez is a poet, performance scholar, and cultural critic. Her poetry and prose explore the workings of memory, the legacies of war, and feminist elegy. She is author of the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009) and of the poetry collection This Side of Skin (Wings Press, 2002). She also serves as Series Co-Editor of the CantoMundo Poetry Book Prize awarded annually to a collection by a Latinx poet. Her poetry and essays have appeared in a range of publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, Poetry, Poet Lore, and the anthology, Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees (Norton 2018).

Paredez received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Performance at Northwestern University and her BA in English at Trinity University. Her work has been shaped by her encounters with women of color, feminism, formalist poetry, diva performances, and by her experiences as the daughter of a Vietnam veteran immigrant father and a mother whose nursing skills could patch up many wounds. Born and raised in San Antonio, she has lived on both coasts, endured a handful of Chicago winters, and taught American poetry in Paris. She currently lives with her husband, historian Frank Guridy, and their daughter in New York City where she is a professor of creative writing and ethnic studies at Columbia University and Co-Founder and Co-Director of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latina/o poets.

Reviews

"Paredez has a gift for storytelling through form. This is an astonishing book."
-Publishers Weekly ⭑ Starred Review

"Candid and chilling, Deborah Paredez's second collection of poems relates her stories and memories of being a Latinx daughter during the Việt Nam conflict."
--Ms. Magazine

"Deborah Paredez's book The Year of the Dog presents a palimpsest of grief howling at the exposed face of Empire. Mixing myth, memory, image, and textual documentary, her verse invents, fragments, constructs, and disfigures. Collectively the poems speak with chilling and touching clarity as they address systemic brutality and militarized power in service to state, nation, and whiteness. This book is fierce, moving, and necessary."
--Hoa Nguyen, author of Violet Energy Ingots

"Deborah Paredez's Year of the Dog refuses to lay static on white space. Time is a character in this engaging collection, beginning in the tumultuous late '60s and reaching into now, today. Each poem becomes lyrical evidence laid before us--personal--and reckoned with. One feels the timeline has been lived. Yet, borders are crossed, fences jumped, and experimental detours--even graphic renderings--hold it all together. The echo of war and protest lingers. Paredez's Year of the Dog is a song for now, as one confronts recent history through needful reflection."
--Yusef Komunyakaa, author of Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems

"Deborah Paredez's new collection, Year of the Dog, is a hauntingly beautiful collage, poems that move seamlessly between the close-up, intimate detail to a bird's-eye view of history--like looking at one small segment of a large canvas then stepping back to take in the whole arresting sweep of it. Here, what it means to contend with grief, to live in the aftermath of national and personal trauma--the casualties and collateral damage of war and injustice--is in the hands of an unflinching witness. This is the inheritance of a poet born in the year of the dog: bound to the duty of remembering and to singing the names of the dead and the living in a voice turned again and again 'into something essential.'"
--Natasha Trethewey, author of Monument: Poems: New and Selected

"In this striking and powerful collection, Deborah Paredez explores the personal and mythical dimensions of war. Weaving images with autobiography, history with poetry, and self with family, Year of the Dog is an essential work for understanding how war is connected to every facet of our lives."
--Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer


"Paredez has a gift for storytelling through form. This is an astonishing book."
--Publishers Weekly ⭑ Starred Review

"Candid and chilling, Deborah Paredez's second collection of poems relates her stories and memories of being a Latinx daughter during the Việt Nam conflict."
--Ms. Magazine

"Deborah Paredez's book The Year of the Dog presents a palimpsest of grief howling at the exposed face of Empire. Mixing myth, memory, image, and textual documentary, her verse invents, fragments, constructs, and disfigures. Collectively the poems speak with chilling and touching clarity as they address systemic brutality and militarized power in service to state, nation, and whiteness. This book is fierce, moving, and necessary."
--Hoa Nguyen, author of Violet Energy Ingots

"Deborah Paredez's Year of the Dog refuses to lay static on white space. Time is a character in this engaging collection, beginning in the tumultuous late '60s and reaching into now, today. Each poem becomes lyrical evidence laid before us--personal--and reckoned with. One feels the timeline has been lived. Yet, borders are crossed, fences jumped, and experimental detours--even graphic renderings--hold it all together. The echo of war and protest lingers. Paredez's Year of the Dog is a song for now, as one confronts recent history through needful reflection."
--Yusef Komunyakaa, author of Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems

"Deborah Paredez's new collection, Year of the Dog, is a hauntingly beautiful collage, poems that move seamlessly between the close-up, intimate detail to a bird's-eye view of history--like looking at one small segment of a large canvas then stepping back to take in the whole arresting sweep of it. Here, what it means to contend with grief, to live in the aftermath of national and personal trauma--the casualties and collateral damage of war and injustice--is in the hands of an unflinching witness. This is the inheritance of a poet born in the year of the dog: bound to the duty of remembering and to singing the names of the dead and the living in a voice turned again and again 'into something essential.'"
--Natasha Trethewey, author of Monument: Poems: New and Selected

"In this striking and powerful collection, Deborah Paredez explores the personal and mythical dimensions of war. Weaving images with autobiography, history with poetry, and self with family, Year of the Dog is an essential work for understanding how war is connected to every facet of our lives."
--Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer