Pocha Theory is an assembling of fears, hopes, and memories that confront the brutal truths of mixed-status families in America. These poems break down and strip bare skewed perceptions of immigrants by unraveling the psyche at the intersection where cultures meld the profound experiences of their children. Anna Flores' debut collection lucidly recalls the seen and unseen history of a volatile immigration landscape and peers beyond the barbed wire into the heart of a little girl who imagines a future where her family can be together.
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Anna Flores has spoken pure truth and it is beautiful and haunting to witness. As someone who comes from a similar background, I feel the pain of certain phrases and I feel the pain in pauses, too. She got it right and it feels so good to have someone tell the story of the people as well as her own. There are many layers to what she is saying, however the ones that stood out the most to me were being a woman in Mexican culture, seeing your parents' pain constantly, and the irony of living in a land that claims to love/include you. Pocha Theory is absolutely a necessary read although I believe it is the experience of looking into someone's eyes. My favorite poem is titled, "Mexicans are Such Hard Workers."
Anna Flores writes poetry that pulls your heart out from in between your ribs and leaves it beating there on your bare chest. Absolutely beautiful. Haunting. Incredibly pertinent to the American consciousness.