A unique and inspiriting bilingual collection of lyrical poetry written in a bold, mostly gender-free English and Spanish that address immigration, displacement, love and activism.
The book is divided into 3 sections: First, poems addressing immigration and displacement; secondly, those addressing love, lost and found, and finally, verses focusing on action, on ways of addressing injustice and repairing the world. The volume will be both inspiration and support for readers living with marginalized identities and those who love and stand with them.
"Achy Obejas's Boomerang comes hurtling at you, maddening, sharp-edged, in wild, aerodynamic swerve across a 'jeweled sea, flickering with caution, ' flung past limits of language, tragedy, history, to circle back through Ana Mendieta, José Martí, a synagogue in Pittsburgh . . . . There are far more than two sides to the dualities this work takes aim at with shattering skill." --Esther Allen
"The much-needed hope that comes with love defines these poems, shapes their lush epiphanies, their celebration of beloveds of all sorts, not just humans but also political convictions and the wide ranging geographies of various cities. These are the poems that we need so much right now as they remind us about the transformative promise that manifests when we brush up against each other and the inclusive, generous world that can come out of those moments." --Juliana Spahr, author of Well Then There Now
About our Speakers
Achy Obejas is a Cuban American writer, translator, and activist whose work focuses on personal and national identity. Her story collection, The Tower of the Antilles, was a PEN/Faulkner finalist and her novel, Days of Awe, was called one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times. Her poetry has appeared in Lithub, Prairie Schooner, Another Chicago Magazine, and many other publications. A native of Havana, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including Dreaming in Cuban and Here in Berlin. She’s also written books for young readers, a collection of poetry, and edited anthologies of Latinx literature. Theatrical adaptations of her novels King of Cuba and The Lady Matator's Hotel have premiered at Central Works Theater, where she's currently playwright-in-residence. Garcí
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