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Museum of the Americas

Museum of the Americas

by J. Michael Martinez

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Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry

Winner of the National Poetry Series Competition, selected by Cornelius Eady--an exploration in verse of imperial appropriation and Mexican American cultural identity

"Marvelous, argumentative, and curiosity-provoking" --The New York Times Book Review

The poems in J. Michael Martinez's third collection of poetry circle around how the perceived body comes to be coded with the trans-historical consequences of an imperial narrative. Engaging beautiful and otherworldly Mexican casta paintings, morbid photographic postcards depicting the bodies of dead Mexicans, the strange journey of the wood and cork leg of General Santa Anna, and Martinez's own family lineage, Museum of the Americas gives accounts of migrant bodies caught beneath, and fashioned under, a racializing aesthetic gaze. Martinez questions how "knowledge" of the body is organized through visual perception of that body, hypothesizing the corporeal as a repository of the human situation, a nexus of culture. Museum of the Americas' poetic revives and repurposes the persecuted ethnic body from the appropriations that render it an art object and, therefore, diposable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525505235
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Penguin Poets
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry at St. Lawrence University, J. Michael lives in upstate NY.

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this pivot
point so carcass

carved: servant who sweetens
only mirrors, where is
the milk?

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