Synopses & Reviews
Flavored by the authors Chicana and Native American roots, this poetry collection explores eroticism and sensuality while keeping to the confines of 100 words. Simultaneously intelligent and humorous, this book investigates the themes of passion and desire as it conveys intense political ideas and reactions. Written by a woman of color, this compilation will resonate with audiences beyond her race and ethnicity.
"Here begins the timeless, universal journey on the roller coaster of love's triumphs and travails with Cervantes as our perceptive and exuberant guide. One would have to be as dead as the skeletons on the cover of the book not to feel moved by Cervantes' energy and eloquence." www.MySanAntonio.com
"Cynics beware: this book will stir sensual memories, and make even the most jaded reader smile. . . . [Cervantes'] voice is direct and natural, like the voice of a friend. . . . Ciento is a book to cherish. Give it to your seventeen-year-old student who just fell in love, or to your grandparents, married forty years. Or when in doubt yourself about love, go to these pages. You will find a worthy voice who speaks to you." —Rain Taxi
"In Lorna Dee Cervantes's latest poetry collection, Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems, all the poems are composed of one hundred words, words that, as the Spanish title suggests, should make you feel a burst of emotion. . . . With these poems, we get to know a little bit more about Cervantes's poetic sensibility, her poetic approach, and her understanding of love and desire. This is a book you want to carry under your arm, open to a random page, and find a short gem to remind you that love is still worth writing about—that ultimately, all poems are love poems to the world and to the word." —Octavio Quintanilla, Southwestern American Literature
"Here begins the timeless, universal journey on the roller coaster of love's triumphs and travails with Cervantes as our perceptive and exuberant guide. One would have to be as dead as the skeletons on the cover of the book not to feel moved by Cervantes' energy and eloquence. [...] 100 words, 100 times in the interest of cracking love's inscrutable code. That's about right. Each poem is a new chance, a new escape or risk into uncharted adventures to fall in love, to proclaim a love, to lick our wounds over its inevitable disgraces, or to try again to feel." —Yvette Benavides, San Antonio Express-News
About the Author
Lorna Dee Cervantes is the publisher of the literary journal Mango and the founder of a small press of the same name. She is a former associate professor of English at the University of ColoradoBoulder and the author of Drive, Emplumada, and From the Cables of Genocide. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Book Award, the Patterson Poetry Prize, and the International Latino Book Award. She lives in San Francisco, California.