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xi, 76 pages ; 23 cm
A timely new edition of a pioneering work in Latino literature, National Book Award nominee Gary Soto's first collection (originally published in 1977) draws on California's fertile San Joaquin Valley, the people, the place, and the hard agricultural work done there by immigrants. In these poems, joy and anger, violence and hope are placed in both the metaphorical and very real circumstances of the Valley. Rooted in personal experiences-of the poet as a young man, his friends, family, and neighbors-the poems are spare but expansive, with Soto's voice as important as ever. This welcome new edition has been expanded with a crucial selection of complementary poems (some previously unpublished) and a new introduction by the author.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781452170138 20180430
Green Library, Special Collections
326 pages ; 25 cm
Prizewinning and bestselling writer Luis Urrea has written his Mexican coming-to-America story, his masterpiece. Destined to sit alongside other classic immigrant novels, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is a sprawling and epic family saga helmed by patriarch Big Angel that takes place over the weekend of the final birthday party he is throwing for himself at home in San Diego, occasioned by his imminent death at the hands of that familiar killer cancer. But when Big Angel's mother Mama America passes as the party nears, he must plan her funeral as well, and so decides to throw two family affairs in one weekend: a farewell double-header. Among the attendants is his namesake Little Angel, who flies in from Seattle to pay his respects and say his goodbyes, and comes face to face with the people with whom he shared a parent but as the weekend proceeds to remind him, not a life. This is the story of Big Angel and Little Angel, of what it means to be a Mexican in America, to have lived two lives across one border - and about the ravaging power of death to shore up the bits of life you have forgotten, whether by choice or not. A finely wrought portrait of this deeply complex family, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is purely Urrean: teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn - this novel cements Urrea as a master truth-teller of the Mexican-American experience.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780316154888 20180618
Green Library, Special Collections
vii, 191 pages ; 23 cm.
Burdened by poverty, illiteracy, and vulnerability as Mexican immigrants to California's Coachella Valley, three generations of Gonzalez men turn to vices or withdraw into depression. As brothers Rigoberto and Alex grow to manhood, they are haunted by the traumas of their mother's early death, their lonely youth, their father's desertion, and their grandfather's invective. Rigoberto's success in escaping-first to college and then by becoming a writer-is blighted by his struggles with alcohol and abusive relationships, while Alex contends with difficult family relations, his own rocky marriage, and fatherhood. Descending into a dark emotional space that compromises their mental and physical health, the brothers eventually find hope in aiding each other. This is an honest and revealing window into the complexities of Latino masculinity, the private lives of men, and the ways they build strength under the weight of grief, loss, and despair.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780299316907 20180508
Green Library, Special Collections
xi, 56 pages ; 23 cm.
Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut uses both humor and sincerity to capture moments in time with a sense of compassion for the hard choices we must make to survive. Vertiz's poetry shows how history, oppression, and resistance don't just refer to big events or movements; they play out in our everyday lives, in the intimate spaces of family, sex, and neighborhood. Vertiz's poems ask us to see Los Angeles-and all cities like it-as they have always been: an America of code-switching and reinvention, of lyric and fight.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780816535118 20170925
Green Library, Special Collections
xiii, 245 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
vii, 342 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
97 pages ; 23 cm.
Emmy Perez's poetry collection With the River on Our Face flows through the Southwest and the Texas borderlands to the river's mouth in the Rio Grande Valley/El Valle. The poems celebrate the land, communities, and ecology of the borderlands through lyric and narrative utterances, auditory and visual texture, chant, and litany that merge and diverge like the iconic river in this long-awaited collection. Perez reveals the strengths and nuances of a universe where no word is "foreign." Her fast-moving, evocative words illuminate the prayers, gasps, touches, and gritos born of everyday discoveries and events. Multiple forms of reference enrich the poems in the form of mantra: ecologist's field notes, geopolitical and ecofeminist observations, wildlife catalogs, trivia, and vigil chants. "What is it to love / within viewing distance of night / vision goggles and guns?" is a question central to many of these poems. The collection creates a poetic confluence of the personal, political, and global forces affecting border lives. Whether alluding to El Valle as a place where toxins now cross borders more easily than people or wildlife, or to increased militarization, immigrant seizures, and twenty-first-century wall-building, Perez's voice is intimate and urgent. She laments, "We cannot tattoo roses / On the wall / Can't tattoo Gloria Anzaldua's roses / On the wall"; yet, she also reaffirms Anzaldua's notions of hope through resilience and conocimiento. With the River on Our Face drips deep like water, turning into amistad- an inquisition into human relationships with planet and self.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780816533442 20161010
SAL3 (off-campus storage), Special Collections
197 pages ; 23 cm
"From the author of Pulitzer-nominated The Devil's Highway and national bestseller The Hummingbird's Daughter comes an exquisitely composed collection of poetry on life at the border. Weaving English and Spanish languages as fluidly as he blends cultures of the southwest, Luis Urrea offers a tour of Tijuana, spanning from Skid Row, to the suburbs of East Los Angeles, to the stunning yet deadly Mojave Desert, to Mexico and the border fence itself. Mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind, Urrea explores duality and the concept of blurring borders in a melting pot society"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library, Special Collections
102 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
Physical extent
xvii, 112, cxxx-cxliii pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
144 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A series of poems keyed to the cards in the traditional Mexican lottery game explore growing up Mexican-American in Texas, from enjoying afternoon snacks, climbing mesquite trees, and sharing Catholic traditions to enduring discrimination.
Green Library, Special Collections
vii, 310 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
xx, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • The border's literary tradition and its sense of place. A "Southern Renaissance" for Texas letters / José E. Limón
  • The Texas-Mexico border: this writer's sense of place / Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
  • De las voces de muchos. The rain parade / Paul Pedroza
  • One pinto bean ; When I was younger ; Ancient houses / Ray Gonzalez
  • Voyeurism, or, The third-party politician / Dalel Serda
  • Ojos de dios : that's what I said / Tammy Melody Gomez
  • Coyotes / Cooper Renner
  • Invocation ; El amor prohibido el paso / Abigail Carl-Klassen
  • Southbound / Genaro Gonzalez
  • How to be la llorona for the city of Sullivan that has no sidewalks / Veronica Sandoval
  • Escalera / Ben Roberts
  • Ursular ; Calm licks the night / Joseph Daniel Haske
  • Popeye was an American citizen and so am I / René Saldaña Jr.
  • Border illusion ; Silence / Gene Keller
  • The window / Brian Van Reet
  • Serape ; Prospective titles for a border thesis / Rodney Gomez
  • La huesera, or, Flesh to bone / Irene Lara Silva
  • Ode por el amor imprevisto / John D. Fry
  • Fertile / Gabriela Ybarra Lemmons
  • Wireless panteón / Lauren Espinoza
  • The border is a good place to live / Agustín Cadena ; translated by Pat Dubrava
  • Wild woman of the Navidad / Shawnee Wren
  • From Mariguano: a novel / Juan Ochoa
  • Border ; El Paso women / Sheryl Luna
  • The 29th of April / Flores
  • Dear Celan ; [Magic needed] / Emmy Pérez
  • Corrido / Brian Allen Carr
  • El Paso and the sister city / Jorge Azcárate
  • LoneStar special / David René Solis
  • Quitclaim / Sean Chadwell
  • Sonnet for human smugglers ; Tough guy / Octavio Quintanilla
  • The loss of Juárez / Sergio Troncoso --And old Guerrero waits ; Across / Chip Dameron
  • Stupids / Christine Granados
  • Santa de las Embarazadas / Beatriz Guzmán Velásquez
  • Cobb and me / Robert Paul Moreira
  • Daiquiri / Pat Mora
  • Un frontera pocho en San Antonio / Isaac Chavarria
  • Contrabandista epistle / Jim Sanderson
  • El Paso / Kevin Prufer
  • Vozilencio: river of voices / Richard Yañez
  • La polvadera: border murder ; Desert nectar on scenic drive / Robin Scofield
  • Baseball over the moon / Kathryn Lane
  • The bone box/Waka Tupapaku / Carmen Tafolla
  • A starving Indian woman / John MacAyeal
  • Raspas, tequila y balazos ; Where are you, home? / Brenda Nettles Riojas
  • My better border / Chuck Taylor
  • Contributors
  • Credits
  • Index.
When the "counter-canon" itself becomes canonized, it's time to reload. This is the notion that animates New Border Voices, an anthology of recent and rarely seen writing by Borderlands artists from El Paso to Brownsville--and a hundred miles on either side. Challenging the assumption that borderlands writing is the privileged product of the 1970s and '80s, the vibrant community represented in this collection offers tasty bits of regional fare that will appeal to a wide range of readers and students.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781623491253 20160616
Green Library, Special Collections

14. River of angels [2014]

xvi, 267 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
xii, 113 p. ; 21 cm.
Green Library, Special Collections
92 pages ; 22 cm
Loners, families, fathers, wives--anyone who lives on the border between Mexico and the United States also lives on a border of violence and complexity. Here a master of Chicano noir explores that world in lean and haunting stories that you will never forget.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826353344 20160612
SAL3 (off-campus storage), Special Collections
xvi, 78, xcix-cvii pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Conceived and developed by Adelina Anthony, Dino Foxx and Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, Tragic Bitches documents the process and poetry of three queer Xicana/o artists seeking to revel and heal in the darkest and most vulnerable spaces of love, desire and loss.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781257103690 20160606
Green Library, Special Collections
xv, 115 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
xii, 147 p. : ill ; 22 cm.
When his father died, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher wasn't quite two. His mother packed up his father's belongings, put the boxes in a hall closet, and closed the door. The "man in a box" remained a mystery, hardly mentioned, and making only rare appearances in stories when Fletcher or his siblings inquired. Meanwhile, his young Hispanic mother transformed herself into an artist, scouting the back roads and secondhand shops of New Mexico for relics and unlikely treasures to add to her "little shrines, " or descansos. "Look closely, " she'd say to her son. "Everything tells a story." This book is Fletcher's literary descanso, a piecing together - from moments and objects and words - of a father's life, of the life lived without that father, and of his own mixed-race identity. Fletcher's reflections unfold like a collage, offering a rich array of images and stories of life with his single mother, organizing weekend family car trips to explore graveyards and adobe ruins; of growing up on the fault lines of class and culture; of being a father who never had one of his own to learn from. From incidents and observations, Fletcher assembles a beautifully crafted portrait of his family's unspoken affliction with loss over the decades, a portrait that finally evokes the father at its heart.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780803238398 20160608
Green Library, Special Collections

20. The land grant [2012]

349 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library, Special Collections


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