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Beast meridian

Author: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
Publisher: [Blacksburg, Virginia] : Noemi Press, [2017] ©2017.
Series: Akrilica series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Narrates the first- generation Mexican American girl, tracking the experiences of cultural displacement, the inheritance of generational trauma, sexist and racist violence, sexual assault, economic struggle, and institutional racism and sexism that disproportionately punishes brown girls in crisis. Narrated by a speaker in mourning marked as an at- risk juvenile, psychologically troubled, an offender, expelled and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
ISBN: 9781934819654 1934819654
OCLC Number: 1004262255
Language Note: In English.
Notes: "Letras Latinas"--Back cover.
Description: 95 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: For Angelica --
An illness of pines --
Malinche --
Crossover album --
Time, two-headed: Corpus Christi, 1984 --
Oak Falls --
Dissociative states --
Girlbody gift --
Assimilation rooms --
Assimilation progress report --
Gulf Pines, or final assimilation room --
The sirens --
Tropical depression --
Thirteen --
Cardinals: a novena --
A halo of beasts --
Praying herd: for safe journey --
Horned woman ancestor --
Carmen, ancient bass --
Guadalupe, star-horned taurus --
Carlos, wounded coyote --
O, casada --
Escape, a waxwing migration --
Bestia --
Arelio, seer tecolote --
Ram, laborer --
Beto, sheep of heaven --
Javier, lost jaguar --
To hide a goddess --
Who waits at the lake --
Oráculo --
Malinalli --
Glass trail --
Sea of drowned calves --
The stranded lamb --
Unspooled tide --
Border semiotics --
A field of onions: brown study --
Beast meridian --
Lopez, praying herd: requiem --
The way back --
Estrellada --
Acknowledgements.
Series Title: Akrilica series.
Other Titles: Beast meridian, poems.
Responsibility: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal.

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Narrates the first- generation Mexican American girl, tracking the experiences of cultural displacement, the inheritance of generational trauma, sexist and racist violence, sexual assault, economic struggle, and institutional racism and sexism that disproportionately punishes brown girls in crisis. Narrated by a speaker in mourning marked as an at- risk juvenile, psychologically troubled, an offender, expelled and sent to alternative school for adolescents with behavioral issues, and eventually, a psychiatric hospital, it survives the school to prison pipeline, the immigrant working class condition, grueling low- pay service jobs, conservative classism against Latinxs in Texas, queerness, assimilation, and life wrapped up in frivolous citations, fines, and penalties. The traumatic catalyst for the long line of trouble begins with the death of a beloved young grandmother from preventable cervical cancer--another violence of systemic racism and sexism that prevents regular reproductive and sexual health care to poor immigrant communities--and the subsequent deaths of other immigrant family members who are mourned in the dissociative states amidst the depressive trauma that opens the book. The dissociative states that mark the middle--a surreal kind of shadowland where the narrator encounters her animal self and ancestors imagined as animals faces brutal surreal challenges on the way back to life beyond trauma--is a kind of mictlan, reimagined as a state of constant mourning that challenges American notions of "healing" from trauma, and rather acknowledges sadness, mourning, and memory as a necessary state of constant awareness to forge a "way back" toward a broader healing of earth, time, body, history -- Provided by the publisher.

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