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Catrachos: Poems

Catrachos: Poems

by Roy G. Guzmán


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The breathtaking debut collection from one of America’s most inventive new poets

A name for the people of Honduras, Catrachos is a term of solidarity and resilience. In these unflinching, riveting poems, Roy G. Guzmán reaches across borders—between life and death and between countries—invoking the voices of the lost. Part immigration narrative, part elegy, and part queer coming-of-age story, Catrachos finds its own religion in fantastic figures such as the X-Men, pop singers, and the “Queerodactyl,” which is imagined in a series of poems as a dinosaur sashaying in the shadow of an oncoming comet, insistent on surviving extinction. With exceptional energy, humor, and inventiveness, Guzmán’s debut is a devastating display of lyrical and moral complexity—an introduction to an immediately captivating, urgently needed voice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644450239
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 572,712
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Roy G. Guzmán received a 2019 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Raised in Miami, Guzmán lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Catrachos 1


Queerodactyl 5

Día de los Muertos 6

Queerodactyl 8

Atonement in the Key of Padre 10

Our Lady of Suyapa 11

My Great-Grandmother's Egg Thief 13

Queerodactyl 15

Preparations for a Trip Home 16

Midwestern Skulls for the Broken Latino 19


The American Dream 23

Allapattah Branch Library 25

Queerodactyl 27

Arthur's Spelling Trubble 29

Queerodactyl 31

Marrow 32

Queerodactyl 33

Amor Eterno 34

In Service of Silence 37

Marrow 45

When a Person Says Go Back to Your Country 46


Restored Mural for Orlando 49

Queerodactyl 52

Quinceañera 53

Queerodactyl 54

After the Tempest 55

Finding Logic in a Crushed Head 56

Jurisdiction 58

Those Seventy-Two Bodies Belong to Us 59

Queerodactyl 61


Self-Portrait According to George W. Bush 65


Marero 79

Queerodactyl 81

Marrow 82

Queerodactyl 84

Queerodactyl 85

Payday Loan Phenomenology 86

Queerodactyl 91

Note on the Title 93

Notes 95

Acknowledgments 99

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