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"Like the poet's native Chicago, even when violent or troubling, Paul Martinez Pompa's poems risk beauty. His work possesses a fluidity that appears both effortless and well earned. His is a Chicago Renaissance of one--Gwendolyn Brooks's Bronzeville and Carl Sandburg's 'city of big shoulders' becoming a 'city of broken lovers' and 'an entire city in your ears' in Martinez ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published August 20th 2009 by University of Notre Dame Press
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Aaron Michael Morales
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
From my review in MultiCultural Review:

In his breathtaking debut poetry collection, My Kill Adore Him (2008 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize winner), Paul Martínez Pompa bursts onto the contemporary Latino scene with literary guns ablaze. Pompa is precisely what we need right now: a brave poet just as critical of himself as he is of others. Within the pages of this clever and brutally honest text lie the words of an old soul—who just happens to be a young poet. Pompa’s youth and aged wisdom coexist i
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Paul Martinez Pompa's first collection of poetry, My Kill Adore Him, is brutal. It's brutal because it's violent. It's brutal because it's graphic. But mostly, it's brutal because it's brilliant. Set against the city backdrop of Chicago, PMP's work takes us to a boy's bathroom, to a fifth grade classroom where a lonely persona is called a "Stupid Meck-sah-kin," to a poetry reading at a suburban-strip-mall enterprise called The Cafe Tamale. In PMP's world, summer is Chicago "smothers the city lik ...more
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Read as an assignment for my creative writing class. An excellent collection I can hopefully learn a lot from.
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Paul Martínez Pompa earned degrees from the University of Chicago and Indiana University, where he served as a poetry editor Indiana Review. His chapbook Pepper Spray was published by Momotombo Press in 2006. Pompa's My Kill Adore Him was selected by Martín Espada as the winner of the 2008 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. He currently lives in Chicago and Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. ...more

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