A bilingual poetry collection from a Cuban-American writer-activist that explores themes of identity, sexuality, and belonging

Product Code: 8911
ISBN: 9780807033395
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 160
Published Date: 09/07/2021
Availability:In stock
Price: $16.00

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.

About the Series

Raised Voices is a poetry series established in 2021 to raise marginalized voices and perspectives, to publish poems that affirm progressive values and are accessible to a wide readership, and to celebrate poetry’s ability to access truth in a way that no other form can.

Voces Alzadas es una serie de poesía establecida en 2021 para potenciar voces y perspectivas marginadas, publicar textos que afirmen valores progresistas, que sean accesibles para un gran público y que celebren las posibilidades de este género para acceder a la verdad como ninguna otra forma de arte ha conseguido hacerlo.

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Author’s Note


Boomerang, After Aimé Césaire
The Man in White
Heroes in Exile
The President of Coca-Cola
The Land of Regal Elephants


My Island Lover
Waiting in Line with Hemingway
Inner Core
The Public Place, After Olga Broumas
Dancing in Paradise
The Man with No Legs
The World as We Know It


The Hospice, After Carolyn Forché
In Response to the Murder of Eleven Jews, Including a Ninety-Seven-Year-Old Said to Be a Holocaust Survivor, Who Wasn’t
The Ravages
Kol Nidrei
The March

“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

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