Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut

Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut

by Vickie Vertiz

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Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut uses both humor and sincerity to capture moments in time with a sense of compassion for the hard choices we must make to survive. Vértiz’s poetry shows how history, oppression, and resistance don’t just refer to big events or movements; they play out in our everyday lives, in the intimate spaces of family, sex, and neighborhood. Vértiz’s poems ask us to see Los Angeles—and all cities like it—as they have always been: an America of code-switching and reinvention, of lyric and fight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816535118
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Camino del Sol Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 584,791
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Vickie Vértiz earned her MFA from the University of California, Riverside. A Macondo and VONA fellow, she is a Los Angeles-based poet, writer, and social justice advocate who teaches creative writing to adults and young people across the country.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 What You See, What You Take with You

Already My Lips Were Luminous 5

What You See, What You Take with You 6

Agua en Gotas 8

Servicios Pleyboy 9

Verde 11

Laundromat 12

Not a Movie 13

Pets 15

Dame Tu Hermana 16

Give Me Your Sister 18

Postcard from My Pops 20

This Is My Home 21

Part 2 Los Angeles-A Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut

Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut 25

Honeymoon 26

Portrait as a Couple: Mexico, Distrito Federal 27

How Can You Live 28

Resistance as Glass and Lace 30

Fábrica 31

Dream of the Drowned Man 33

Don Mario 35

Girl with Ink and Horseshoes 37

Downey Carne Asada 38

Part 3 Portrait as a Deer Hunter

Portrait as a Deer Hunter 41

Postcard to My Father 43

The Speed Above 44

Lover's Letter 45

Baby Chihuahua Comes for Your Wig 47

After the Third Letter, He Writes Back 48

Nahuatl-A Revenge 50

La Mera Neta 51

The Apparatus of Love 52

Out of the Wreck 53

Notes 55

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