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In an Angry Season (Camino del Sol: A Latina and Latino Literary)

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A white woman navigates her fear and uncertainty to learn the ways of the people she called savages, until she begins to dream “in Dakota, syllables sliding / on my tongue like tender pieces of meat.” An African man, on display as a cannibal at the Worlds Columbian Exposition in 1893, sees into the future: “humiliations heaped up / as on overfilled plates . . . / . . . a country that casually / consumes its own.” A woman holds the gray-blue barrel of a gun in her mouth, “the taste familiar / as her own blood.”

With an unexcelled command of narrative verse, Lisa Chávez tells the stories of American lives across more than a century. Whether retelling nineteenth-century captivity narratives or depicting contemporary American women confronting addiction and despair, Chávez investigates issues of identity and self-definition in the face of an often harsh and unremitting history.

Her story-poems explore the ways in which people have been made captive—whether to racism or national policy, to bad marriages or alcoholism, to poverty or emotion—from the Inuit woman birthing a son among strangers to the wife now deranged by desire for another man: “Hes the smoky slow-burn of chipotle on the tongue. My golden idol. My gospel revival. Hes hashish sweet and languorous—my bodys one desire.”

In the end, Chávez shows us a New World of promise in which an alchemists assistant summons stories from stones by calling their names with “clicks of her tongue, / syllables of silver, turquoise, and jade,” and a Native woman discovers her true power in an Alaskan bar. Passionate and political, In an Angry Season is a work of startling depth and breadth—an American history in poetry—that asks us what it means to be civilized.

About the Author

Lisa D. Chávez is the author of a previous book of poetry, Destruction Bay. Her work has been anthologized in American Poetry: The Next Generation, The Floating Borderlands: 25 Years of U.S. Hispanic Literature, and ¡Floricanto Sí!: A Collection of Latina Poetry. She teaches creative writing and literature at Albion College in Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816521524
Author:
Chavez, Lisa D.
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Author:
vez, Lisa D.
Author:
Lisa D. Ch
Author:
vez
Author:
Ch
Location:
Tucson
Subject:
Women
Subject:
American - Hispanic American
Subject:
Hispanic americans
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Camino del Sol: A Latina and Latino Literary (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. A-133
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
90
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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