the small claim of bones
Latina poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez describes a mosaic of worlds—Tenochtitlan, New Spain, and the Mexican diaspora—in an exploration of her multicultural identity. A literary bridge spanning 600 years of history, these poems reflect two pivotal eras in Mexico’s past through the voices of real and imagined historical figures who in turn elicit responses from the poet’s contemporary voice. Three series of poems, each rooted in sacredness, draw from these eras and form the collection’s foundation: imagined fifteenth-century Nahua “songs,” irreverent sonnets and décimas inspired by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and the intimate, contemporary voice of the poet as she pays tribute to all she holds dear in the border’s diverse cultural tapestry. Through a call-and-response approach, this unique collection extends the literary dialogue of the Americas vital to US Hispanic literature, earning the author a place in the company of the most esteemed Latina feminist writers.
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