The Verging Cities

The Verging Cities

Poems

Book - 2015
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"From undocumented men named Angel, to angels falling from the sky, Natalie Scenters-Zapico's gripping debut collection, The Verging Cities, is filled with explorations of immigration and marriage, narco-violence and femicide, and angels in the domestic sphere. Deeply rooted along the US-Mexico border in the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, and Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, these poems give a brave new voice to the ways in which international politics affect the individual. Composed in a variety of forms, from sonnet and epithalamium to endnotes and field notes, each poem distills violent stories of narcos, undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, and the people who fall in love with each other and their traumas. The border in Scenters-Zapico's The Verging Cities exists in a visceral place where the real is (sur)real. In these poems mouths speak suspended from ceilings, numbered metal poles mark the border and lovers' spines, and cities scream to each other at night through fences that "ooze only silt." This bold new vision of border life between what has been named the safest city in the United States and the murder capital of the world is in deep conversation with other border poets--Benjamin Alire Saenz, Gloria Anzaldúa, Alberto Rios, and Luis Alberto Urrea--while establishing itself as a new and haunting interpretation of the border as a verge, the beginning of one thing and the end of another in constant cycle"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Fort Collins, Colorado : Center for Literary Publishing/Colorado State University, [2015]
ISBN: 9781885635433
1885635435
Branch Call Number: 811.6 SCENTERS-ZAPICO
Characteristics: 71 pages ; 22 cm.

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