Cruel Fiction

Cruel Fiction

by Wendy Trevino

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Overview

Cruel Fiction brings together new material with celebrated work published here for the first time in book form, including the provocative and charged "Brazilian Is Not a Race," a sonnet sequence meditating on race, nation, and history seen from the author's native Rio Grande Valley; it also includes widely-circulated "128-131," a caustic, hilarious, tender account memorializing three days in jail during the Occupy movement, one of the many insurgencies that provide the context and kinesis of this powerful collection. This is a spectacular debut trying to puzzle through our present, from the workplace to the pop charts but most of all to the politics of struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934639252
Publisher: AK Press
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,165,609
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Wendy Trevino was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She lives in San Francisco, where she shares an apartment with her boyfriend, friend & two senior cats. She has published chapbooks with Perfect Lovers Press, Commune Editions and Krupskaya Books. Brazilian no es una raza - a bilingual edition of the chapbook she published with Commune Editions - was published by the feminist Mexican press Enjambre Literario in July 2018. Cruel Fiction is her first book-length collection of poems. Wendy is not an experimental writer.

Read an Excerpt

A border, like race, is a cruel fiction

Maintained by constant policing, violence

Always threatening a new map. It takes

Time, lots of people's time, to organize

The world this way. & violence. It takes more

Violence. Violence no one can confuse for

Anything but violence. So much violence

Changes relationships, births a people

They can reason with. These people are not

Us. They underestimate the violence.

It's been awhile. We are who we are

To them, even though we don't know who we

Are to each other & culture is a

Record of us figuring that out.

Table of Contents

1. 128-131

2. Pop Culture and Cruel Work

3. Brazilian IS Not a Race

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