Ascension: Poems

Ascension: Poems

by Luivette Resto




Ascension explores the delicacy and the fragility of all re­lationships; not just the romantic ones in nature, but the ones we have with our family, friends, community, city, politics, nature, history, and ourselves. Some poems focus on the complexity, nascency, and dissolution of these re­lationships while other verses are unapologetic with their celebration of the self.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781882688456
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Pages: 70
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Luivette Resto was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, but proudly raised in the Bronx. In 2003, she completed her M.F.A. from the University of Massachu­setts at Amherst. Her first book of poetry, Unfinished Portrait, was published in 2008 by Tia Chucha Press and later named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. She is also a contributing poetry editor for Kweli Journal, a CantoMundo fellow, and the hostess of a monthly poetry reading series called La Palabra at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Skyline 9

Ascension 10

Logophile 11

Leave it to the Weatherman 12

Incubus 13

The Superlative of Sex 14

Surrender 15

Dedications 16

Your Mom's Jesus 17

Pink Balloons 18

Uncoordinated 19

Ampersand 20

Constellations 21

Confessions of a Love Poem 22

Sonnet for Our Lexicon 23

On the Rooftop 24

Circle Any That Apply 27

Ganas 28

A Poem for Me 29

Mujer Maravillosa 31

Some Days 33

Aubade of the Grouchy Dancing Bear 34

Fortunate Failures 35

Medical History 37

The Pendeja Syndrome 38

Unapologetic 40

Latina Etymology 41

Kindergarten Translations 43

Sweatshop Tiffany's 44

Christmas Lies 46

A Poem for My Misogynist Colleague 48

No More Tacos in Gwinnett County 50

A Poem for the Students of UCSD 51

Perfect Attendance 52

Plátano Maduro Dreams 54

Statistic 56

Ode to Doorknockers 57

Yes 58

Palms Up 59

The Poet's Bomba 60

Hail María 61

Pedro's Bodega 62

Thank You Ricky Martín 64

Letters to a Young Latina Poet 66

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