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South Texas Experience: Love Letters
A map of home and the relationship with South Texas, of death and ghosts and the river. Poems that speak to that space that exists between borders, of finding home and writing our own history. Noemi Martinez is a writer, historian and cultural worker who weaves historical accounts of border deaths and loving the landscape that kills so many that look like her.
Paperback, 2nd, 48 pages
Published May 23rd 2019 by Hermana Resist Press
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As soon as this book came in the mail, I read it. I read it again. I read it a couple of more times. Each time a different piece struck me and I would sit with it for a while. As someone who has grown up and lived in South Texas for the last twenty years, it's a testament to this land, this space between two worlds. Much of what the world hears about this area is, at least in my experience, through an academic lens or whatever the media is spewing out to push their own agendas, so if you've ever ...more
Nov 16, 2016 Sumayyah rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
"It's so hard to love you Texas," states a poem by Noemi Martinez, "with your death and denial/when you choke the stars/before they reach their destination." But not all is darkness and despair. Martinez mixes poems that detail love, loss, secret joy, secret pain. dust, flowers, and sunsets with beautiful photographs of the landscape of South Texas. This is a lovely (short) poetry collection that is easy to return to again and again, each time discovering something new.
Lovely pictures with difficult words and situations. The melding of the visual with the poetic work a spell of revealing several truths about Texas and conveying a love/beloved/unloved narrative. This series speaks to the personal and private as well as political and public. Death and incarceration are at times central to the work as is work itself. Labor weaves its way through so much of the book in vital and necessary ways. Take it slowly. Savor each stanza for their sadness and their strength ...more
Noemi Martinez is a poet-curandera and writer, a sometimes sirena and sometimes bruja and a single mami with Mexican and Caribbean roots. Born in Chicago, the Rio Grande Valley is home.