Hijacked by Fire by Eduardo Cavazos Garza

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Only fifty copies of HIJACKED BY FIRE were printed, each numbered and signed by the author.

If your house burned down, what would you do? Early this Memorial Day, Eduardo C. Garza woke up to find his home on the West Side in flames. A poet, multi-discipline artist and performer, Garza is known to many as the irrepressible mainstay of the Jazz Poets of San Antonio. He saved many of his original notebooks, some paintings, and fire-scorched sketchbooks from the blaze, but lost forever are his piano and many treasures, including his father’s drum set and a collection of rare indigenous flutes. In the wake of the tragedy, Garza is beset with many expenses.

Hijacked by Fire is a treasure chest of human survival—and of the creation of beauty from bottle caps and Cup o’ Noodle lids, from the scars of the barrios of South Texas and the battlefields of the VietNam War, from the cantos of the Chicano Movement, the Yanaguana sweat lodges, and the Jazz Poets Society. We are left humbled by the power of the human spirit, which cannot be hijacked by any fire more powerful than its own passions.—Carmen Tafolla

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“There is so much here to challenge poetry readers” — La Bloga review of Chicano Poet

Reyes Cárdenas

Reyes Cardenas: Chicano Poet 1970-2010

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Organized mostly in chronological order, this book is a 40-year retrospective of Reyes Cárdenas’ life and work written from 1970-2010.

The book is divided into the following 11 sections: Selections from Chicano Territory (1970); Los Pachucos y La Flying Saucer (1975, the only novella in this anthology, originally published in Caracol magazine); Selections from Anti-Bicicleta Haiku (1976); Selections from Survivors of the Chicano Titanic (1981); Elegy for John Lennon (1982); Selections from I Was Never a Militant Chicano (1986); Homage to Robinson (2008); The Collected Poems of Artemio Sánchez (2009); Meeting Mr. Incognito (2010); Poems from chicanopoet.blogspot.com (2004-2010); and From Aztlan to the Moons of Mars: A Chicano Verse Novela (2010). Of the eleven sections, five are selections from previous publications, and six are new, never before published collections of poetry.

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Nahualliandoing Dos: An Anthology in Nahuatl, Español and English

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This 52-page publication includes 28 poems by 19 poets from around the U.S., amongst them such veteran writers as Francisco Alarcón, Carlos Cumpián, Reyes Cárdenas, and Esmeralda Bernal. Other poets include María Cifuentes, Israel Haros López, Miguel Ángeles, Adriana Alexander, Karen An-hwei Lee, Xanath Cáraza, Hector Chavana, Xico González, Scott Hernández, Luisa Leija, Marisol Picazo, Diana Noreen Rivera, Ken “Bluetown” Treviño, Adrianna Herrera and Michelle Zamora. Many of these writers are educators, scholars and professors; all are writers experimenting with languages, and broadening community. Continue Reading →

Book Review: For the City That Nearly Broke Me by Barbara Jane Reyes

“The subversive discourse in the street verse of her latest chapbook For The City that Nearly Broke Me reads like a Cosmopolitan-cadenced ”Howl,” wherein the best minds of Reyes’ generation have not at all been destroyed by machismo and an antiquated but ever in effect old boys’ system, but have become determined to invert this chronic chauvinism on all shores.” –Robert Ontiveros, San Antonio Current