Many thanks to the editors at Eleven Eleven for including two of my poems, “Urban Relación” and “The Story of How Pigeon Came to Live in City,” in their latest issue.
This is the latest in what has been a wealth of great poetry news lately and it’s all coming in just in time as I have a few classes of poetry to teach and some talks to give in the very near future, and it would suck to be doing any of that important work without feeling 100% in love with poetry. A statement I think I’m almost ready to say but instead I will say this: Yes, I am 100% in love with the possibilities of poetry.
The poets presented here believe in the value of community. All the poems here happen in the wild open air with interactions as varied as Radiohead in Venezuela, a trip on the Bx1 in the Bronx, communion with the dead, and conversations with God. These poems bristle against the unexpected, invite conversation and (in my idealized world) spread out to create connections with their poetry.
Many thanks again to Life Long Press editor-in-chief Valyntina Grenier for this chance to the work of some very exciting poets.
The inaugural edition of the Acentos Review is live featuring the poetry of Ray Gonzalez, Sheila Maldonado, Rachel McKibbens, Christina Olivares, Jose Olivarez, Mundo Rivera and Griselda Suarez, and the visual art of Alexandra Cespedes.
Editors Raina León and Eliel Lucero have put together a beautiful journal from a variety of Latin@ artists that is a great extension of the Acentos reading series.