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Matadora

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With seriocomic tone, these elliptical lyrics reveal illusions and exclusions at the heart of America’s global narrative of economic “progress,” and the attendant loss of cultural identity and memory. At the same time, Matadora challenges traditional Fillipina gender norms, beginning with the title which feminizes a word and profession traditionally masculine.

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Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Alice James Books (first published 2004)
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Valerie
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reading Sarah Gambito is a relief after reading some heavy stuff. Not to say that Gambito is light but she is witty and funny.

Matadora has a lot of poems about Paloma, which means girl (and also means dove). Paloma is a character who writes some of these poems and is also the subject of some of the poems. I like the poems with Paloma best, especially the ones she herself writes. There are a lot of poems about New York (where Gambito lives), and about being Asian.

I first heard a lot of poems from
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Steven
Nov 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
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I love the way this book is organized: how it's searing, and sinister, funny, and touching- how it's fearless to encompass all emotions and ask the big questions about history, ethnicity,religon, tradition, life, etc. etc.
Lisa
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sarah Gambito wields words as a sword and poetic form as a sheath, and each poem in this strong collection will pierce the reader.
Aldric
Some of this language is gorgeous and electrifying, but ultimately a little too cerebral for me.
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