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Lotería Cards and Fortune Poems: A Book of Lives
The gorgeous black and white line art inside this hefty little book instantly caught my eye. These linocut drawings were not the regular lotería images. They were modern adaptations, made with painstaking detail (think of a turn-of-the-millenium, wired Posada) and showing a distinctive sense of humor and pathos. The poetry, commissioned especially for the drawings, also sh ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers
(first published September 1st 1999)
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I just started reading this book last night, and wow! Something really happens when Juan Felipe Herrera gives himself finite space and super-focused writing project. Whereas the works of his I've previously read find political and/or historical sprawl contained in tight litany or, in the case of "Punk Half Panther," in Border Crosser With a Lamborghini Dream, the formalistic sprawl is contained within Whitman-esque multitudes, there is no sprawl to speak of in Loteria Cards and Fortune Poems: A ...more