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An Incomplete List of Names: Poems

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An astonishing debut collection looking back on a community of Mexican American boys as they grapple with assimilation versus the impulse to create a world of their own.

Who do we belong to? This is the question Michael Torres ponders as he explores the roles that names, hometown, language, and others' perceptions each play on our understanding of ourselves in An Incomplete
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Beacon Press
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Bernie Gourley
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This collection consists of autobiographical free verse poetry. About forty poems describe Torres’s youth as a Latino graffiti artist, his adolescent experiences with his friends, and his adult years as he teaches in a prison. Questions of identity are a central theme in these poems. Having numerous group identities: ethnic minority, artist, scholar, and teacher, Torres explores how these facets fit together, and how they sometimes don’t.

Much of the work is simple prose, a direct telling of eve
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Tyler Barton
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who feels complicated about having left home, who feels complicated about masculinity and identity and what friendship means as it changes with time. These poems are specific, felt, lyrical and exciting to watch unfold.
Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"You can spend your whole life unraveling," Michael Torres writes, but the poems in this collection feel like they spend most of their time "winding up" into miniclimaxes before Torres grants us release. "Even tempered glass is meant to shatter—just quietly." When these poems shatter, what lies underneath is tender without being soft. One has the sense that a lifetime has forged these poems, and perhaps a lifetime is required to fully appreciate them. There are poems here I know I would not have ...more
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Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this one in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is a very powerfully written collection of poems that clearly convey the cultural challenges growing up in this manner. I had a great deal of friends in the neighborhood where I grew up whose experiences I saw manifest in the pages of Michael Torres' poems. It was a very moving book.
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I enjoyed this book, it’s full of a number of personal stories that are emotionally impactful to the reader.
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My favorites were After Jose Clemente Orozco's Man of Fire and All-American Mexican.
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