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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Eduardo Garza San Antonio Credit Union Account # 85330012 Routing # 314088284 Thank you for your support!

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

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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

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09/01/2012: For the City That Nearly Broke Me (Free Writing Workshop and Chapbook Release Event)

 Barbara Jane Reyes

Author: Barbara Jane Reyes
ISBN: 9780984441532
Price: US$13.95

FREE Writing Workshop by Barbara Jane Reyes 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Book Reading “For the City That Nearly Broke Me” new chapbook 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

VENUE: Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission St. (& 6th St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103
For more information please call (415) 553-8185
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Incantatory, gritty, at times heartbreaking, and, yes, celebratory, these poems are amulets for our broken world. –R. Zamora Linmark, author of Drive-By Vigils and The Evolution of a Sigh.

Scribe of global soundscape, Reyes builds upon the heartbeat of literary and blood ancestors, feeding her “mythic thirst for home” as she journeys back to cities devastated and torn by the politics of race, history, class and sexuality, greeting her like an outsider. And still, despite the cities’ fall from grace, each gritty image, drawn on multiple languages and rhythms, is a love song, a reflection, a naming of the self. Bittersweet, powerful and precise, I adore this important book and the work of Barbara Jane Reyes. –M. Evelina Galang, author of Her Wild American Self andOne Tribe.

In this fierce, feisty, anaphora-filled shakedown serenade, Reyes hard-scrambles our senses to position us firmly in poetry meant to electro-charge our attention real. This is a fine book of verse, reminiscent of Juan Felipe Herrera, yet singly Reyes. The supple lines ring endless rounds, bringing us bits of battle-singing and words wound true. Packs an amazing delivery and guarantees impact. –Allison A. Hedge Coke, author of Dog Road Woman and Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer. A big thank you to Arkipelago Books for organizing this event and handling book sales.