Sunday, December 23, 2012

Latin@ Featured Poets

Lauren Espinoza @ Acentos

I first met Lauren Espinoza at this year’s CantoMundo gathering where she was participating as a student intern. That summer Lauren was slated to begin what was to be her first semester at M.F.A. Program in Poetry at Arizona State University.

Lauren Espinoza's poetry has appeared in an anthology selected by Naomi Shihab Nye entitled Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25, and, her fiction is online at “Label Me Latina,” and she has work forthcoming in NewBorder: Anthology. Her two poems “ruins” and “the llorona isn’t post-modern” are currently featured in the November issue of The Acentos Review. In “the llorona isn’t post-modern” Lauren remembers Cihuacoatl—the pre-Columbian Aztec deity associated with child-bearing and a forerunner of the modern version of “la llorona” who “still after all these centuries, / […] requires sacrifice that her indigenous counterpart / basked in.”

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Blas Falconer @ Poetry Daily

Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel (Four Way Books, 2012);  A Question of Gravity and Light (University of Arizona Press, 2007);  and The Perfect Hour (Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press, 2006).  He is also a co-editor for The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity (University of Arizona Press, 2011) and Mentor & Muse:  Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010).

His poem “Homecoming” is currently featured at Poetry Daily. Here is a favorite excerpt, which for me captures what Stanley Plumly calls “the pastoral [as] the lyric of a landscape,” that joyous sound by which we near home in the poems in Blas latest collection The Foundling Wheel :

                “Rain against the roof sounds like a slow tire
                over gravel, as if a friend has come.
                The train rumbles through the dark, and my body, tuned
                to hear you cry before you cry, stirs.”

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Nayelly Barrios at Beloit Poetry Journal

One of the most rewarding experiences I had at last year’s (and my first) AWP in Chicago, was meeting and reading for the first time the work of Rio Grance Valley native Nayelly Barrios. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, and DIAGRAM. She is Co-Editor-in-chief of Ostrich Review

Her poem "Recurring Dream as Tire" is in the winter 2012-2013 issue of Beloit Poetry Journal:

                My father appears at my doorstep

                                he wears the tire he curled in
                                when crossing the border

                It is raining

                The tire’s rubber              the rain                 
                                                                 un espejo
                                & I can see the weight of my dream
                pulling down
                                                on the soft flesh of my lids […]”

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