A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying

$75.00

A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying

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Filled with the nuanced beauty and complexity of the everyday–a pot of beans, a goat carcass, embroidered linens, a grandfather s cancer–A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying journeys through the inherited fear of creation and destruction. The histories of South Texas and its people unfold in Laurie Ann Guerrero s stirring language, including the dehumanization of men and its consequences on women and children. Guerrero s tongue becomes a palpable border, occupying those liminal spaces that both unite and divide, inviting readers to consider that which is known and unknown: the body. Guerrero explores not just the right, but the ability to speak and fight for oneself, one s children, one s community–in poems that testify how, too often, we fail to see the power reflected in the mirror.