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MARIPOSAS: A Modern Anthology of Queer…

MARIPOSAS: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry

by Emanuel Xavier

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The collection can be seen as a brother to Xavier’s previous anthology, Bullets & Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry (2005) in that many of the 17 authors presented here like Dino Foxx, Andres ‘Chulisi’ Rodriguez, and the editor himself, are from the world of ‘slam’ or ‘performance’ poetry. But Xavier extends the range of the previous volume by adding more established and multiply-published authors Francisco Aragon, Rane Arroyo and others into the mix, as well as giving exposure to newer voices. The poets here, mainly of Puerto Rican or Mexican decent, represent the New York City area, California, and Texas, centers of Latino culture in the United States. Xavier is also to be commended for introducing two Argentinean poets he discovered in his travels, Walter Viegas, and Pol Ajenjo, thereby extending the conversation to the international level. Their poems appear only in Spanish; one wishes they had been translated into English to increase their accessibility. Other poets’ work in Mariposas appears in English, Spanish, or ‘Spanglish,’ and several have been translated either into English from Spanish or visa versa.

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A ground-breaking poetry collection featuring the work of 17 poets from across the United States and Buenos Aires including: Francisco Aragon, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, Brandon Lacy Campos, Dino Foxx, Andres Chulisi Rodriguez, Urayoan Noel, Yosimar Reyes, Robert Ortiz, Walter Viegas, Joe Jimenez, Will Sierra, Rane Arroyo, Pol Ajenjo, Daniel Torres, Carlos T. Mock, M.D., Xuan Carlos Espinoza-Cuellar and Emanuel Xavier. Featured poems appear in English and Spanglish with several translated into or from Spanish.

"Just as blood curses through our queer Latino veins, so does a complex and sometimes contradictory history. The words captured in this volume of poetry perfectly capture a moment in time in which we all are in flux and yet still very much grounded in the moment. Personally, these poems speak to my being, my sexuality, my erotic desires, my future hopes and my wishes for new generations and yet they also stand for the danger that those words might also be fragile and easily forgotten. It is up to the reader to make these words count for something. And, simply said, it's just an amazing and moving collection of poems that truly represents who we are as queer Latinos at this crucial moment in time."
-Andres Duque, LGBT rights activist

"An 800-year-old tradition of Hispanic poetry gets a substantial augmentation, and at the same time, a wondrous makeover, with the rich, varied, sensual, often bi-lingual work in this collection. It helps that the translations by Xavier are so true; and that the poets amassed from all over the Americas, are mas o menos gay in subject matter and attitude."
- Felice Picano, author

"Whether straight, bisexual, closeted or openly gay, Latino voices have made a deep mark in the poetry scene. Despite distinction in style, dialect, and customs within the Latino mosaic, our voices have been unified by a determination to be heard. Much like poetry in general, whether academic or self-taught, the need to express ourselves cannot be restricted within borders. Whatever language transferred between pen and paper, it is imperative to share our experiences with the world at large. "
-Emanuel Xavier, from the Introduction

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