American Poetry

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By Javier O. Huerta

ISBN-10: 1558857486

ISBN-13: 9781558857483

“Today I’m going to the grocery store,” starts this inventive fusion of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. this can be additionally the sentence Javier O. Huerta used to be given to put in writing in the course of his naturalization interview. Having lived within the U.S. for 20 years already, he was once dispose of by means of the simplicity of the sentence. “I desired to inform the INS agent that i'll do issues with the English language that she might by no means imagine,” he writes within the preface.

In this cutting edge paintings that makes use of grocery shops as a guiding motif, he deftly combines English and Spanish to discover his identification as an immigrant, naturalized citizen, son, brother, lover, graduate pupil. Visits to grocery shops within the U.S. and northern Mexico bring about questions on himself. “I usually ponder whether i'd have grown up skinny had my relations stayed and acquired groceries in Mexico. The day we crossed the river my seven-year-old physique had now not an oz. of fats on it,” he remembers.

But he seems past his personal own conditions as he explores the abundance of expertise present in going to the grocer. via poetry written in Spanish, a brief play, non-fiction passages or even textual content messages, Huerta delves into topics akin to consumerism and healthiness meals to be had purely to a restricted category of individuals. the various items and subject matters in American Copia pulsate with all that may be either communal and independent in lifestyle. males benefit from ladies; humans protest opposed to practices that position company earnings above a good salary for farmworkers; and, occasionally, humans devote acts of violence.

Though Huerta touches on severe topics, lots of those brief vignettes are quirky and funny. His is an unique, evocative voice that articulates the immigrant viewpoint to create a thought-provoking examine the land of lots. this can be a must-read for an individual attracted to experimental or Mexican-American literature.

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