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Wonderful wasteland and other natural disasters : poems

Author: Elidio La Torre Lagares
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, [2019]
Series: University Press of Kentucky new poetry and prose series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When Hurricane María unleashed its devastation onto Puerto Rico, thousands of lives were lost to the storm in what was the island's worst natural disaster on record. With so much of the recovery still underway and the scars still fresh, its citizens continue to contend with the reality that life on the island has fundamentally changed. In his first collection of poems written in English, La Torre Lagares journeys  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Poetry
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elidio La Torre Lagares
ISBN: 9780813178240 081317824X 9780813178370 0813178371
OCLC Number: 1110081801
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; tradition and individual impotence; natural disaster #5: cardborigami; a severed morning after the hurricane; matter and decay; miramelindas; bird narcissus; diesel phantoms; natural disaster #6: of mountains and grandmas; refugee; leaving a country on a paper boat; moon jelly in an empty aquarium; a theory of you in the flood; deadwood; still life with red shoes; music for a water piano; unnesting rituals; story with the face of midnight; gloomy wednesday; natural disaster #3: becoming my father; cafuné, or bust; lichen Dead father in the stormi guan a dream (mating season); tempestuous; natural disaster #7: los muertos; ghost in a seashell; commodified; water and memory; hope is a thing with fetters; natural disaster #1: there will be mud; desolation like sushi; elon; natural disaster #2: wooden fish ears; blue flood; damnedificados; the homogeneity of darkness; killing time on a dead afternoon; natural disaster #4: broken people; presson; baquiné for Puerto Rico; Acknowledgments; Notes; Series Page
Series Title: University Press of Kentucky new poetry and prose series.
Other Titles: Wonderful wasteland
Responsibility: Elidio La Torre Lagares.

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When Hurricane María unleashed its devastation onto Puerto Rico, thousands of lives were lost to the storm in what was the island's worst natural disaster on record. With so much of the recovery still underway and the scars still fresh, its citizens continue to contend with the reality that life on the island has fundamentally changed. In his first collection of poems written in English, La Torre Lagares journeys through his memory in an effort to recompose his shattered land. Together, these poems form a poignant, personal account of a man facing the tragic destinies of his family and his country in the aftermath of a natural disaster. For example, the deaths of the mother and the father are resignified as the death of the poet's personal relationship, which at the same time evokes the rupture between individuals and their sense of place. Drawing from both American and Latin American poetry, as well as global influences, to articulate a language of loss and devastation in search of a new identity, this collection illuminates a chaotic and confusing landscape that is not only physical but also cultural, social, and political. Taken together, this work serves as a stirring reminder of the dislocation and fractured attachment that speaks to many Americans, including transnationals and immigrants. Ultimately it speaks to coping with physical loss and emotional pain in the face of human adversity.

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