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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Art. Memoir. In this bold and energetic debut, temporal malapropisms become purposeful play through Tamayo's poetics of code switching and homophonics. As Tamayo tackles the frustrations of the transnational immigrant experience, language "mistakes" become "missed aches" and she writes mother and mother-tongue into one as "mouth her." A red t ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Switchback Books
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Erica
There are several narratives at work here: one of gender identity, the feminist body; a second of immigration and national body; a third of multi-linguality and the fragmented tongue; and finally the images constructing their own narrative of collage and erasure, a body of memory half-erased. This is a complex, surprising, astonishing, engaging work. Clearly rooted in contemporary feminism, there is a scary-sharp intellect at work here that makes the book almost a little intimidating. Like you k ...more
Gabriel Oak
Tamayo is original and lively, producing at art book here in the vein of Theresa Hak Yung Cha's Dictee. I thought the illustrations -- B&W photographs with stylized red sutures overlaid -- were provocative, and I liked the linguistic play in many of the poems. But the book feels a little thin and one-note. I might feel differently after another read.
Kristin
A really deft interweaving of topics and language play.
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