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introduction

In Angels of the Americlypse‘s Introduction, Carmen Giménez Smith and John Chávez describe society’s expectations of Latinx authors.  References to abuelitas, tortillas, and “degrees” of Latinx-ness point to the pressure that’s put upon Latinx writers for them to demonstrate their otherness in a … Continue reading

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Is to travel getting to or being in a destination?

Mónica de la Torre’s Is to Travel Getting to or Being in a Destination (pp. 259-60) uses travel as a metaphor to preserve writing and history as activity and verb (the “getting to”) as well as noun or finished project (a “destination”). In … Continue reading

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Process, Limit, Rupture, Apocolypse: Time in David Borzutzky’s poetry

In his selection of poetry for Angels of the Americlypse, David Borzutzky writes apocalyptic moments. Apocalypse and rupture, two of the central themes of his work here are inherently and implicitly temporal. They imply a chronological scheme, demand preconditions and … Continue reading

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Jennifer Tamayo Epilogue Expansion

CW Decapitation II. DOES YOUR HEAD YOUR HATE YOUR BODY A question (for me)- does your head hate your body? Or a list- your head, your hate, your body. We don’t recognize dichotomies, so let’s say it’s both. But while we’re … Continue reading

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Music, Poetry, and Storytelling

Poetry and songs often time inhabit the same creative sphere even if they don’t share the same room. Both are used to tell stories and truths by using language to craft the space necessary to derive meaning. In class we … Continue reading

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Unseating “The Chair”: Sandy Florian and OUR AUTHOR’s Subject Position

In her essay “Am I Latina? Or Am I Just Angry?” Colombian-Puerto Rican poet Sandy Florian asks important questions about readerly expectations of writers of color and how they write about their identities: What happens, though, when someone who claims to … Continue reading

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Favorite Lines in Angels of the Americlypse

(transcribed from class on Thursday 10/20) Everyone knew he was CIA Can I Be All Nipples Now or Later There are no paragraph breaks to interrupt the smiling lipstick Factory fresh DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS TO WITNESS AN … Continue reading

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