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Brother Bullet: Poems

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Speaking to both a personal and collective loss, in Brother Bullet Casandra López confronts her relationships with violence, grief, guilt, and ultimately, endurance. Revisiting the memory and lasting consequences of her brother’s murder, López traces the course of the bullet—its trajectory, impact, wreckage—in lyrical narrative poems that are haunting and raw with emotion, ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by University of Arizona Press
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Clay Anderson
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Tough to read. These poems hit you in the gut. They’re that good.
Suzanne Rose
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
López’s collection is a careful and intimate study of grief in relationship to gun violence. López observes how violence (being a victim of it, witnessing it, and surviving it) becomes part of our intersecting identities. Her book is broken into four sections: Bullet Breaks, Bullet Teaches, New Language, and Remains. Through this structure, a reader is led to López’s split self: before trauma, and after trauma. The book gains speed as it moves towards the central question: what’s left with us af ...more
Ashley Marie Maxwell-Certo
I never know how to rate poetry so no star rating from me...yet. Maybe after I spend more time with it I’ll feel differently
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Casandra Lopez is a Chicana and California Indian (Cahuilla/Tongva/Luiseño) writer who’s received support from CantoMundo, Bread Loaf and Jackstraw. She’s been selected for residencies with the School of Advanced Research and Hedgebrook. Her chapbook, Where Bullet Breaks was published by the Sequoyah National Research Center and her poetry collection, Brother Bullet is forthcoming from University ...more

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“She was taught
about a madness,
shivering bodies and
But April death is insistent.”
“But instead I wonder if I can
love someone who can never know what I’ve lost.

What I really want to ask is: Can I love after that blood
stain I sometimes rub raw? I’m always trying to get at

that hurt. I ask him if he can taste my bitter, and watch
his face for signs of puckering. Will he grow tired of my sour?

The way I serve melancholy for dinner. I’m always inviting ghost
guests to the table.”
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