The Yearning Feed


The Yearning Feed

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The poems in Manuel Paul L?pez s The Yearning Feed, winner of the 2013 Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, are embedded in the San Diego/Imperial Valley regions, communities located along the U.S.-Mexico border. L?pez, an Imperial Valley native, considers La Frontera, or the border, as magical, worthy of Macondo-like comparisons, where contradictions are firmly rooted and ironies play out on a daily basis. These poems synthesize L?pez s knowledge of modern and contemporary literature with a border-child vernacular sensibility to produce a work that illustrates the ongoing geographical and literary historical clash of cultures.

With humor and lyrical intensity, L?pez addresses familial relationships, immigration, substance abuse, violence, and, most importantly, the affirmation of life. In the poem titled “Psalm,” the speaker experiences a deep yearning to relearn his family s Spanish tongue, a language lost somewhere in the twelve-mile stretch between his family s home, h