The Roots of A Thousand Embraces: Dialogues

The Roots of A Thousand Embraces: Dialogues

by Juan Felipe Herrera


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"Juan Felipe Hererra’s writing fuses wide-ranging experimentalism with reflections on Mexican-American identity . . ."—The New York Times

In forty cantos, the poet explores the metaphysical relationship between Frida Kahlo, her art, her broken body, and cross-border consciousness. First published in 1994, this early work—his sixth book—reveals a deep sense of longing for all to be made whole again in spite of fractures—physical, metaphorical, cultural—bestowed by the world.

From "Prologue: A Second Body":

Think on the time it takes a scar to heal,

a river to rise — an old woman to regain the tumbling
powers of her busted arms — a young woman (calling
herself Frida) to re-structure her shattered vertebrae, to
be caught up with a body-cast, a second body which she inhabits — for the rest of her life; this is precious to me,
that is all.

She painted herself somewhere in-between Mexico and
the United States — in the open space of the jaws; between
the mandibles of the jaguar and the nuclear turbine.

It is the healing of this metaphysical fracture too (which
may invoke further breakage) that concerns me.

Juan Felipe Herrera was raised in a farm-working family in the San Joaquin Valley. A graduate of UCLA, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Stanford University, he has written numerous books. Herrera’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN USA Award. Former Poet Laureate of California and now United States Poet Laureate, he lives in Fresno.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933149967
Publisher: Manic D Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Edition description: Commemorative
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 1,186,014
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino Poet Laureate of the United States and son of Mexican immigrants, grew up in the migrant fields of California.

Appointed as the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2015, Juan Felipe Herrera is the son of migrant farm workers, and was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, and received his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children's literature.

In 2012, Herrera was named California's poet laureate. He has won the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Focal Award, two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, and a PEN West Poetry Award. His honors include the UC Berkeley Regent's Fellowship as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Stanford Chicano Fellows. He has also received several grants from the California Arts Council.

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