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4.46  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In Hijito—selected by Eduardo C. Corral as winner of the 2018 Broken River Prize—Carlos Andrés Gómez writes of brutality and beauty with the same urgency and with a truth that burns readily; it is a collection of survival instincts. As a vital and tender exploration and deconstruction of contemporary society, his poetry engages with America’s ever-changing landscape and th ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Platypus Press
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Barton Smock
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Somewhere between the ‘sly mirror‘ and ‘taut mirage’ of Hijito, poet Carlos Andrés Gómez sees ourselves in ourselves and then goes about the tender flesh-work of putting us there. Though I’m not sure we can keep death from acting like a child, or that we can trace the living back to life, the humane spacing claimed in this verse allows room for all to believe that to make dust of our chalk supply we must age death with our knowledge of where its bodies are. No matter how intricately dead we find ...more
cosyinbookland
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read it. Read it. Just read it.

I had the pleasure of listening to Carlos live and I was amazed by the bravery in his words, the conviction of his speech and how humble he is as a person.

By far one of the greatest poetry pieces I've ever read. Everyone needs to read this.
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Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, queer, latinx
Readable and re-readable, these poems pull in pain then soothe through the language.
Adrian Garcia
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Favorites were "Poem About Death Ending in Reincarnation", "What Happened" and "Pronounced". ...more
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Apr 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Every poem in this book is very special and had a very vivid image to share. My favorite poem was What happened, it was very haunting. I have also met this author and he is truly an amazing man.
Leigh Lucas
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, exacting look at humanity, masculinity, violence, and hope. Don’t miss this book.
Lila
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Inspiring! Great buy !!
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Hailed as a “truth-telling visionary” by Brass Magazine and a “lyrical prophet” by the Caymanian Compass, CARLOS ANDRÉS GÓMEZ has been dubbed "a leading voice at the forefront of the oral poetry movement" (The Punch). A former social worker in Harlem and the south Bronx and public school teacher in Philadelphia and Manhattan, Gómez has performed at over 200 colleges and universities and toured acr ...more

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