When My Brother Was an Aztec

When My Brother Was an Aztec

by Natalie Diaz
     
 

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A fast-paced debut that draws upon reservation folklore, pop culture, fractured gospels, and her brother’s addiction to methamphetamineSee more details below

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A fast-paced debut that draws upon reservation folklore, pop culture, fractured gospels, and her brother’s addiction to methamphetamine

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The New York Times Book Review - Eric McHenry
Diaz grew up on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation, where she now works with the last four fluent speakers of Mojave to save their fading language. On the evidence collected in this ambitious, uneven, beautiful book, her skill with metaphor owes much to her being a good listener.
Publishers Weekly
In her debut, Diaz portrays experiences rooted in Native American life with personal and mythic power. The poems are narrative and surreal—bodies are wracked by addiction and diabetes, but sometimes “a gunnysack full of tigers wrestles in our chests.” In the book’s first section, stories of reservation life are layered with history and culture. A basketball prodigy ends up selling tortillas from her car; government-issued food leaves those who eat it hungry. We learn how a “tongue will wrestle its mouth to death and lose—/ language is a cemetery.” The third section presents a mix of tactile love poems focused on the female body—“the door of your hip opening/to a room of light”—and others about global politics. Most striking, however, are the poems of the middle section, which figure and refigure a meth-addicted brother whose “shadow flutters from his shoulders, a magician’s cape” as he becomes a character in a series of myths. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619320338
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
124
Sales rank:
857,534
File size:
0 MB

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