Aztlan Libre Press, an independent Xican@ press based out of San Antonio, Texas, announces the release of our fourth publication, For the City that Nearly Broke Me, by Barbara Jane Reyes.
For the City that Nearly Broke Me is the inaugural publication in Aztlan Libre Press’Indigenous Voices Series. The Indigenous Voices Series will publish important literary, artistic and cultural works by other American Indians and World Indigenous Voices.
“In this fierce, feisty, anaphora-filled shakedown serenade, Reyes hard-scrambles our senses to position us firmly in poetry meant to electro-charge our attention real. This is a fine book of verse, reminiscent of Juan Felipe Herrera, yet singly Reyes. The supple lines ring endless rounds, bringing us bits of battle-singing and words wound true.” –Allison A. Hedge Coke, author of Dog Road Woman
Scribe of global soundscape, Reyes builds upon the heartbeat of literary and blood ancestors, feeding her “mythic thirst for home” as she journeys back to cities devastated and torn by the politics of race, history, class and sexuality,greeting her like an outsider. And still, despite the cities’ fall from grace, each gritty image, drawn on multiple languages and rhythms, is a love song, a reflection, a naming of the self. Bittersweet, powerful and precise, I adore this important book and the work of Barbara Jane Reyes. –M. Evelina Galang, author of One Tribe
In For the City that Nearly Broke Me, Barbara Jane Reyes serenades us with poetry about Manila and West Oakland, two dynamic cities where the mythic and raw realism meet, and jazz riffs and raps with kundiman. Incantatory, gritty, at times heartbreaking, and, yes, celebratory, these poems are amulets for our broken world. –R. Zamora Linmark, author of Drive-By Vigils