The back of the book . . . Xánath Caraza

The back of the book:

“Jaguar sent me a lover…” says aloud Donna Snyder in The Tongue Has Its Secrets. Powerful images, passion between lines, revisiting female mythological figures, and questioning violence against women are crucial in these poems. Donna reinvents herself through these stanzas, and raises her voice in each of the polychromatic verses full of Latino as well as north European myths, full of words as vaporous signs. Let’s walk along her side and discover the secrets of the tongue.
Xánath Caraza, recipient of the 2015 International Book Award for Poetry

Thank you, Professor Caraza.

Cover of What the Tide Brings

My review of Valentin Sandoval’s South Sun Rises in La Bloga

Take a moment and read a review of Valentin Sandoval’s new book. It’s worthy of your time.

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http://labloga.blogspot.com/2015/02/valentin-sandovals-south-sun-rises.html

Valentín Sandoval is a true son of the frontera, this US/Mexico borderland of the Juárez and El Paso area. The opposite of the often repeated lament of a Chicano, ni de aquí y ni de allá, “neither from here nor from there,” he is unequivocally from both sides of the border. In Sandoval’s hands, his two cities and his land become as vivid as any character drawn by a skilled novelist. Imagery shimmers under the glaring sun. The air is filled with redolence of cilantro and creosote. The music of corridos, the bounce of basketballs on pavement, the eeriness of dogs barking in moonlit nights resound throughout the book. Each poem reflects that reality, provided in both Spanish and English.


The book’s first poem sets the context for Sandoval’s bi-national life experience, like that led by a majority of people here, with El Paso and Juárez separated…

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A Virtual Interview with Donna Snyder

An interview by Cindy Huyser
A Virtual Interview with Donna Snyder.