Emplumada is Lorna Dee Cervantes’s first book, a collection of poems remarkable for their surface clarity, precision of image, and emotional urgency. Rooted in her Chicana heritage, these poems illuminate the American experience of the last quarter century and, at a time when much of what is merely fashionable in American poetry is recondite and exclusive, Cervantes has the ability to speak to and for a large audience.
About the Author
Lorna Dee Cervantes is the author of From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Loveand Hunger and Emplumada, which won an American Book Award. She is also co-editor of Red Dirt, a cross-cultural poetry journal, and her work has been included in many anthologies including Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry, No More Masks! An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Women Poets, and After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties. In 1995 she received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award.
Table of ContentsPitt Poetry Series Emplumada Glossary of Spanish Words and Phrases Oranges Before You Go For John On the Cape Moonwalkers Shells Como Lo Siento The Body as Braille Beetles For All You Know This Morning Cafe Solo Oaxaca, 1974 Visions of Mexico While at a Writing Symposium In Port Townsend, Washington III Barco De Refugiados Refugee Ship Poema Para Los Californios Muertos Freeway 280 To My Brother An Interpretation of Dinner by the Uninvited Guest Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read Person Could Believe In the War Between Races Spiders From Where We Sit: Corpus Christi Four Portraits of Fire Starfish In January II The Prayer Pressed Between the Waves Crow Communication Caribou Girl For Edward Long For Virginia Chavez Lots: I Lots: II Meeting Mescalito at Oak Hill Cemetery Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway The Anthill Contents I Uncle's First Rabbit Cannery Town In August