Hola, we're Red Poppy, a 501(c)3 literary non-profit, dedicated to promoting the power of Latin American poetry to evoke emotions, shift social consciousness, and spark individual and collective change. Our multilingual anthology Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution will be released on September 15, 2020 from Tin House Books. We've set up this page so that by purchasing the books here, you'll be giving back to independent bookstores while avoiding companies like Amazon and other large commercial interests, especially with the And the small percentage we get through here will help go to promoting more educational outreach for the Resistencia project. Towards that, we are also selling copies of the award-winning biography on the iconic resistance poet Pablo Neruda, Neruda: The Biography of a Poet, by Mark Eisner, one of the co-editors of Resistencia and one of Red Poppy's team leaders. Mark will contribute an additional amount to Resistencia's educational programs for every copy sold through here. Plus, we will be featuring the books of both poets and contributors to the Resistance anthology. Although we're not talking about much, every bit helps, especially in terms of getting discounted or free copies to disadvantaged youth thirsty for this literature. Above all, this is about getting you the anthology and the supplemental reading in a way that supports independent bookstores at a time when they need our help more than ever.
About the new anthology:
"Resistencia could not be more timely. It is a stunning collection of revelations and witness. Indispensable.”
―Luis Alberto Urrea
Resistencia is an extraordinary collection, rooted in a strong tradition of protest poetry and expressed by icons of the movement from the beginning of the 20th Century and by some of the most exciting voices of today. Formally dexterous and emotionally wide-ranging, the poems bring feminist, queer, indigenous, urban, and ecological themes to the forefront alongside historically prominent protests against imperialism, dictatorships, and economic inequality. The poems grapple with identity, place, and belonging, resisting easy definitions to render a complex, nuanced, and multifaceted portrait of language in rebellion. More info on Resistencia's Bookshop page where you can pre-order it right now to have one of the first copies in your hands and drive up excitement! Ms. Magazine just named it one of its Favorite Poetry Collections for 2020--"a groundbreaking...extraordinary collection."
“To read these poems is to be reminded again and again of our true allegiance to each other...One of the strengths of this anthology is its radical inclusiveness. Editors Tina Escaja and Mark Eisner have assembled a diverse brigada Américana, armed with weapons of mass creation. Here the reader will encounter well-known poets (Neruda, Vallejo, Mistral, Cesaire) as well as lesser known ones--at least to this reader (Evarista, Cuevas Cob, Galvan Chichuailaf). There are voices that have been traditionally excluded, even at times in leftist literary circles: the voices of women; indigenous voices; voices from different sexual orientations; voices from across Latin America as well as the Caribbean, poets writing not just in Spanish, but in French, Portuguese, Kreyol, Quechuan, Mapudungun. ”
"I read Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution in one sitting, rather breathlessly, and the idea that chimed in my head for hours and days after was the idea of poems as pledges of allegiance. Each electric poem in this anthology asks—and, in its own way, answers—what we owe to one another, how we might survive these times physically and psychically, and what poems can do in the face of so much suffering. The poems in Resistencia do not soothe but shake us awake, and they call onus to do what they have done: to witness, to listen, to not only speak but sing."
"This anthology is, as one of its poets declares, ‘an intimate liberation.’ Intimate as only poetry can be—an urgent, revealing exchange between poem and reader. A liberation because behind every beautiful image is fortifying and incandescent anger. Poetry is the most graceful of weapons, one that is freely given and never loses its power. Reading these poems, I felt as if this brilliant chorus of writers, living and departed, was delivering a call to action: ‘We have been here all along, fighting. Won’t you join us?’"
―Frances de Pontes Peebles
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