3 Books from Juan Felipe Herrera – New U.S. Poet Laureate
June 11, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera has been named the country’s first Latino Poet Laureate, joining literary ranks that include Robert Frost, Billy Collins, and Louise Gluck. (This is the PBS story, with an interesting comment and response about William Carlos Williams below the article). We already own several of his children’s level works but I’m also slating a few adult poetry books by Herrera for order. Sorry I have no cover you can see for Border-Crosser.
Lotería Cards and Fortune Poems : A Book of Lives.
The gorgeous black and white line art inside this hefty little book instantly caught my eye. These linocut drawings were not the regular lotería images. They were modern adaptations, made with painstaking detail (think of a turn-of-the-millenium, wired Posada) and showing a distinctive sense of humor and pathos. The poetry, commissioned especially for the drawings, also showed a fresh and modern take on the icons of Mexicanismo and Chicanismo.”—Frontera Magazine
Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream.
From one of the prominent Chicano poets writing today comes a collection of poems to take your breath away. With dazzling speed and energy, Juan Felipe Herrera sends readers rocketing through verbal space in a celebration of the rhythms and textures of words that will make you want to shout, dance, and read out loud. Lika a wild ride in a fast car, Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream moves at breakneck speed, a post-Lorca journey across the new millennium terrain. Words careen through space and time, through blighted urban landscapes, past banjos and bees, past AIDS faces and mad friars, past severed heads and steel-toed border-crosser boots. To the rhythm of “The Blue Eyed Mambo that Unveils My Lover’s Belly” and the sounds of the Last Mayan Acid rock band, Herrera races through the hallucinations of a nation that remains just outside of paradise. With dazzling poems that roar from the darkest corners of our minds toward an ecstatic celebration of the lushness of language, Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream is a celebration of a world that is both sacred and cruel, a world of “Poesy Chicano style undone wild” by one of the most daring poets of our time.
187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border.
A hybrid collection of texts written and performed on the road, from Mexico City to San Francisco, from Central America to central California, illustrated throughout with photos and artwork. Rants, manifestos, newspaper cutups, street theater, anti-lectures, love poems, and riffs tell the story of what it’s like to live outlaw and brown in the United States.