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Stepmotherland is a tour-de-force debut collection about coming of age, coming out, and coming to America.

Winner of the Andr?s Montoya Poetry Prize, Stepmotherland, Darrel Alejandro Holnes s first full-length collection, is filled with poems that chronicle and question identity, family, and allegiance. This Central American love song is in constant motion as it takes us on a lyrical and sometimes narrative journey from Panam? to the USA and beyond. The driving force behind Holnes s work is a pursuit for a new home, and as he searches, he takes the reader on a wild ride through the most pressing political issues of our time and the most intimate and transformative personal experiences of his life. Exploring a complex range of emotions, this collection is a celebration of the discovery of America, the discovery of self, and the ways they may be one and the same.

Holnes s poems experiment with macaronic language, literary forms, and prosody. In their invent