Teeth

Teeth

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by Aracelis Girmay
     
 

ISBN-10: 1931896364

ISBN-13: 9781931896368

Pub. Date: 06/01/2007

Publisher: Northwestern University Press


Winner, 2015 Whiting Award for Poetry 

Stunning, highly original poems that celebrate the richness of the author's multicultural tradition, Teeth explores loves, wars, wild hope, defiance, and the spirit of creativity in a daring use of language and syntax. Behind this language one senses a powerful, inventive woman who is not afraid to tackle

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Winner, 2015 Whiting Award for Poetry 

Stunning, highly original poems that celebrate the richness of the author's multicultural tradition, Teeth explores loves, wars, wild hope, defiance, and the spirit of creativity in a daring use of language and syntax. Behind this language one senses a powerful, inventive woman who is not afraid to tackle any subject, including rape, genocide, and love, always sustained by an optimistic voice, assuring us that in the end justice will triumph and love will persevere.

LOVE,
you be the reason why
we swagger & jive,

lift the guitar, & pick up the axe.
when it is i tilt my hat to the side,
wearing colors & perfumes, it's cause, love,
you did it to me. oh,
you do sure turn my tongue to fiddle,
& make the salt taste sweet. man,
i don't need a rooster, or peacock even,
to help me spend my time, nope,
just you, love, right & solid as
a line.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931896368
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Pages:
110
Sales rank:
785,491
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Martín Espada,
Arroz Poetica,
I.,
Jacaranda,
After Lightning, I Dream of Abrigette,
Santa Ana of Grocery Carts,
Ode to the Brain,
Ode to the Watermelon,
Sudan,
Palimpsest,
Adisogdo's Song,
Ride,
Then Sing,
Here,
II.,
To the (Heart) Horse,
Astigmatism,
Conjugation,
The Piano,
Teeth,
Consider the Hands that Write this Letter,
13,
Snail, or, To a House,
Hyena, Hyena,
Cyclops Mary (I),
Cyclops Mary on the Avenue, A Monologue (II),
The Incredible Story of Mother Mom & the Daughter Who Was Taken by Crows (As Told by the Oldest Girl),
Zouk,
Ish,
Aunt Margaret, Tree of Blackbirds, Tree of Oranges,
III.,
Chernobyl,
In the Cane Fields,
Limay, Nicaragua,
What Brang Me Here,
But When They Go to Light the Fire on Me,
Lázaro, for Don Tranquilino,
Lazrus & Girlie Speak of Rising a Hundred Days After Lazrus' Death,
Ghazal,
Tucutu Tán,
IV.,
Invocation,
Antinion,
V.,
Scent: Love Poem for the Pilón,
The Dog,
Ode to the Letter B,
For Estefani Lora, Third Grade, Who Made Me a Card,
Monologue of the Heart Pumping Blood,
Fiel,
Love,
The Photograph of Esther Ruth & {Cisco},
What Faith to Be this Kind of Fish,
For the Psychic at Broadway & 207th,
To the Child I Met Without Knowing the Story,
The Rain at Dzorwulu,
Litany,
Epistolary Dream Poem after Finding a Schoolbook Map,
About the Author,

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Aracelis Girmay¿s well-received debut book of poems, TEETH 'Curbstone Press, ISBN: 978-1-931896-36-8, $13.00', deals with a wide range of topics, from war and exploitation to love, peace, and healing. Martín Espada penned the introduction to the book, describing Girmay as ¿deeply involved with the world, and her poetry articulates a passion for that world in spite of- or because of- its failings.¿ The first poem in the collection, ¿Arroz Poetica,¿ responds to the crisis of the current U.S. war with Iraq. She breathes life into the Iraqi dead, giving names and lives to those caught in the unnecessary crossfire. Girmay strips away abstract political propaganda, exposing the need to consider ethics, humanity, and ultimately reality when dealing with international relations. Girmay answers the question of who the ¿enemy¿ is: ¿They wear ball gowns & suits & rings/ to talk of war in neat & folded languages/ that will not stain their formal dinner clothes/ or tousle their hair.¿ She makes a clear distinction between those who ¿ordered the missiles¿ and those who ¿lose their children¿their houses & their streets,¿ offering sentiment and empathy to those who have gone altogether ignored, despite their anguish and sacrifice. Girmay writes of other unacknowledged tragedies in the world, addressing the inhumane treatment of those suffering in Darfur, as well as issues of race and sexual exploits that ring with a distinct universality. She celebrates her multicultural heritage 'Eritrean, Puerto Rican, and African American', infusing strength and courage into characters dealing with a great degree of mental and physical oppression. In ¿Cyclops Mary on the Avenue, a Monologue,¿ her title character responds to degradation by exploring her own beauty and that of the world around her, while examining her persecutor with pity and resilience. The aesthetic and aural qualities of language are celebrated in her artful, musical poems ¿Ode to the Letter B¿ and ¿For Estefani Lora, Third Grade, Who Made me a Card.¿ Mastering Sounds and playing with meanings, Girmay shows her immense skill and careful diction. One of the best poetry collections I have ever read, TEETH transports the reader into a world in which despair is acknowledged and explored, but ultimately hope reigns.