black / Maybe

black / Maybe

by Roberto Garcia

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Overview

Poetry collection by Roberto Carlos Garcia. Explores themes of blackness and Dominican culture.

"I’m American, but I don’t speak English because I’m from England and I’m a Latino that doesn’t speak Spanish because I’m from Spain. I speak these languages thanks to a long history of colonialism, to be more specific, the losing end of colonialism. The flight attendant who poured my whiskey is a Spaniard. Spanish has been his national language for centuries and his family’s language for generations. When he hears me, a mutt with African, Chinese, and Spanish blood (but who leans more towards the African), does he consider me a fraud? Does he see me as parroting Spanish? Now, this poor flight attendant is a fill in, of course, but you get the picture. What do most Spaniards think about the Spanish speakers in the colonies they lost all those years ago? Do they care? Why should I?" --from "Trapped in History," EnglishKillsReview.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999223291
Publisher: Aquarius Press
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 70
Sales rank: 152,453
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.17(d)

Table of Contents

Home [An Irrevocable Condition]...............................................................9

Mamá Ana’s flat nose...............................................................................13

Back to school..........................................................................................14

Back to school (the B side).......................................................................15

A sense that something’s happened.........................................................16

Identity repair poem..................................................................................17

Mamá Ana’s funny money.........................................................................18

Coward......................................................................................................19

The day a poet I looked-up-to clowned me...............................................20

Casta.........................................................................................................23

The Lie.......................................................................................................26

Mamá Ana’s apartment in Washington Heights......................................... 27

Burn............................................................................................................28

Bricks (AKA the Housing Projects)........................................................... ..29

Voodoo........................................................................................................30

The dead send dreams...............................................................................32

Poem for Uncle Jaimé.................................................................................33

Mamá Ana speaks on men in power...........................................................37

“A Dream Pimped”: poem on the MLK Memorial in D.C.............................38

Elegy Written for the N-word on behalf of the word Nigger

by a Nigga.............................................................................................39

“Puerto Rican GOP Delegate Interrupted on Convention Floor”.................42

Speak the lingo........................................................................................... 43

Irony.............................................................................................................46

Elegy for Nelson Mandela........................................................................... 47

Art imitating death........................................................................................49

The angry Black man...................................................................................53

black Maybe................................................................................................ 56

Sources........................................................................................................65

Thanks & Praise...........................................................................................67

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