Selena Didn't Know Spanish Either: Poems

Selena Didn't Know Spanish Either: Poems

by Marisa Tirado
Selena Didn't Know Spanish Either: Poems

Selena Didn't Know Spanish Either: Poems

by Marisa Tirado

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Overview

Selena Didn't Know Spanish Either is a debut poetry collection which seeks Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla as a means of reconnecting to the speaker’s cultural identity. As Spanish language and culture becomes more accessible to non-Latinx populations, the speaker grapples with her own complex story of assimilation. Modern marginalization, appropriation, tokenizing, and fetishizing are examined in this multi-generational memoir tracking a Latinx family’s journey to assimilation. This dynamic collection is far-reaching, exploring BIPOC experiences in predominantly white cultures.

from “Young Memoir”
 
di·as·po·ra
is silent. is spiritual. It is being robbed of memoir while you sleep in a suburb. it is nonconsensually sensual—it is a question. when it comes for you, what will you recover? what will you do to reclaim all that was forced lost?

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680032666
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Publication date: 05/25/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 46
File size: 113 KB

About the Author

MARISA TIRADO is a Latina poet from Chicago and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the founder of an international collective called Protest Through Poetry which provides seminars, publishing opportunities, and creative community for activist poets of color. Marisa has been selected for fellowships from Kenyon Review, Image Journal, and Macondo, and her work can be found in Triquarterly, Colorado Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.

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from “Young Memoir”
 
di·as·po·ra
is silent. is spiritual. It is being robbed of memoir while you sleep in a suburb. it is nonconsensually sensual—it is a question. when it comes for you, what will you recover? what will you do to reclaim all that was forced lost?

Table of Contents

  • Young Memoir
  • Mom Vs. The Cholas
  • Soaring Above Marquez Livestock
  • Ancestry
  • Before the Revolt
  • How to Make an Adobe Brick
  • The Last Good Week
  • Young Memoir
  • The Asshole
  • Beaver Island
  • Northwoods
  • Presque Isle
  • Research
  • The Call
  • Charlottesville, Parkland High, Etc. Etc. Etc.
  • Spacesuits
  • Leave This Place
  • Young Memoir
  • Lorena Bobbitt
  • Selena Didn’t Know Spanish Either
  • Selena Sonnets
  • Test Results
  • Tragedy & Chorus
  • Aggregate Data
  • Hoyne at Night
  • Jalisco, Tapalpa, Tequila
  • The Source Has Exhausted Itself
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