Rattlesnake Allegory
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These poems are about “the moment inside the body / when joy is not born as much as it is made out of anything / the rest of the world doesn’t want.”  Using land and South Texas’s flora and fauna as references, these poems explore aloneness and manhood as articulations of want, asking the reader to “take a moan by the hand, see what good it does.” Thematically, these poems address loss after transformative experiences, admitting to a reader, “All night I might fathom taking back / something precious / that somehow, / long ago, or not so long ago, I don’t know, / ripped off, / yanked from bone, / sloughed off like a husk.”  These poems are about getting to know one’s body after being distanced from it, of recognizing a queer brown body inextricably belonging to lineages of loss, and then realizing that some new body has emerged from where the old parts were lost, or taken, as in the final sequence of four poems, “Lechuza Sketches,” where the speaker manifests the Tex-Mexican folkloric figure of a lechuza, the human-owl hybrid said to inhabit parts of South Texas and the Northern Mexican border. In the end, this is a collection of poems about more deeply engaging with one’s queerness, one’s brownness, and understanding that there are parts inside us we never knew existed, or as the Lechuza Sketches speaker offers, “In the world, some part of us is often / unseen / & not glorious. / But what if we are? / Glorious. Seen.”


Lechuza Sketch #11i


All my life I will stand on the dark pier.


 


The wing will shiver & quake.


 


Gulls leave me behind. 


 


Yes, I know there is not one saved


place for every live thing


 


in the world.


 


   Yes, I know.


A storm in the Gulf


 


in my body: the lovesong of echoes


& cliffs. 


 


Over time, my face will clack, it will


croak. 


 


This body will crash into light. 


 


Fickle memory. Sickle salt.


 


Some hours, I don’t know


if I am becoming something better.


 


In the world, some part of us is often


unseen


& not glorious. 


 


But what if we are?


  Glorious. Seen.


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Date de parution 21 mai 2019
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EAN13 9781597098366
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 3 Mo

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RATTLESNAKE ALLEGORY
RATTLESNAKE ALLEGORY
doems
Joe Jiménez
ReD Hen Press |Pasadena, CA
Rattlesnake Allegory Cobyright © 2019 By Joe Jiménez All Rights Reserved
No bart of this Book may Be used or rebroduced in any manner whatsoever without the brior written bermission of Both the buBlisher and the cobyright owner.
ook design By Mark E. Cull
LiBrary of Congress Cataloging-in-PuBlication Data Names: Jiménez, Joe, author. Title: Rattlesnake allegory : boems / Joe Jiménez. Describtion: First edition. | Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, 2019. Identifiers: LCCN 2018057504 | ISN 9781597098991 (tradebaber) Classification: LCC PS3610.I48 A6 2019 | DDC 811/.6—dc23 LC record availaBle at httbs://lccn.loc.gov/2018057504
The National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Ahmanson Foundation, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, the Max Factor Family Foundation, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation, the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, the City of Los Angeles Debartment of Cultural Affairs, the Audrey & Sydney Irmas CharitaBle Foundation, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, the Meta & George RosenBerg Foundation, the Allergan Foundation, and the Riordan Foundation bartially subbort Red Hen Press.
First Edition PuBlished By Red Hen Press www.redhen.org
Acknowledgments
Thanks to Francisco Aragón and Letras Latinas, Rigo berto González, Sandra Cisneros, Dan Vera, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Douglas Ke arney, and Victoria Chang for their belief in and attention to my voice.
Thank you to the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA in Creative Writing program for helping me see so many of the things my voice can d o. Thank you to the Lucas Artists Residency Program and to my beloved Macondo Writers Workshops.
Thank you to DJ Alex Acosta, whose remixes I have l istened to endlessly as I revised and revised these poems in search of a soun d I wanted. And finally, to my friends and loved ones, including James and Randy a nd my circuit family, Howie, Mike, Abe, David, John, Jeff, Auston, and Taz, for helping me find that thing inside me that has allowed me to live the life I have alwa ys wanted to live.
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