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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
or email us at arkipelagobooks@yahoo.com

To RSVP, please visit the Facebook event page.

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.


Aztlan Libre Press Update

Aztlan Libre Press had a productive 2011 in which our first two publications: Tunaluna, alurista‘s tenth book of poetry, and the Aztec Calendar Coloring Book saw brisk sales. We also sealed a deal with Small Press Distribution out of California to promote and distribute our books. At the end of 2011 we published our third book, Indigenous Quotient/Stalking Words: American Indian Heritage as Future, by the award-winning Chicano historian from U.C.L.A., Juan Gomez-Quinones; and we also published our first in a series of Xican@ Art Notecards that feature four different paintings by San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez.

We’re pleased that Juan Gomez-Quinones’ book has already been adopted as a textbook for Chicano and American Indian Studies courses at San Diego State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of California Los Angeles, the American Indian Institute for the Arts in New Mexico. About Indigenous Quotient/Stalking Words, Rodolfo A. Acuna, author of Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, writes:

“Indigenous Quotient/Stalking Words is an original, complex work that will influence future generations of scholars. Juan Gomez-Quinones combines an excellent narrative with shrewd analysis of the construction and distortion of Native American identity by Western/American scholars, and he makes a compelling case for a reexamination of Indigenous history. These two essays cover fifty years of scholarship that includes the forging of Chicana/o Studies, and they are especially important at a time when most Chicana/o scholars have no historical memory of the importance of Indigenous thought on the formation of their discipline. His bottom-line is how we acquire knowledge determines ‘Who are we?’”

Currently we are working on three different publications which should be out by Summer, 2012: Reyes Cardenas (still untitled) 1970-2010, a forty year retrospective of writings from one of the best, most prolific, profound, and under-recognized Chicano poets; For the City that Nearly Broke Me, by Barbara Jane Reyes, an outstanding Filipina/American writer, that initiates our new Indigenous Voices Series; and Nahualliandoing Dos, an anthology of poetry in three languages, Nahuatl, Espanol and English.

We are very excited about our publications for 2012 as we prepare to end an almost 5,200 year Mayan long-count cycle, and begin a new one.

Como siempre, gracias por su apoyo. The Editors