Emanuel Xavier: MARIPOSAS: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry



D it's just an amazing and moving collection of poems that truly represents who we are as ueer Latinos at this crucial moment in time Andrs Duue LGBT rights activist An 800 year old tradition of Hispanic poetry gets a substantial augmentation and at the same time a wondrous makeover with the rich varied sensual often bi ingual work in this collection It helps that the translations by Xavier are so true; and that the poets amassed from all over the Americas are mas o menos gay in subject matter and attitude Felice Picano author.

Emanuel xavier is author of two collections of poetry Pier ueen and Americano and a fiction novel Christ Like He also edited Bullets Butterflies ueer spoken word poetry and selected finalists for Best Gay Erotica 2008 His work has appeared in many publications including The James White Review Genre Long Shot Virgins Guerrillas Locas and ueer Catholic He is the recipient of the Marsha A Gomez Cultural Heritage Award and a New York City Council citation for his many contributions to gay and Latino culture Just as blood curses thr.

Ough our ueer Latino veins so does a complex and sometimes contradictory history The words captured in this volume of poetry perfectly capture a moment in time in which we all are in flux and yet still very much grounded in the moment Personally these poems speak to my being my sexuality my erotic desires my future hopes and my wishes for new generations and yet they also stand for the danger that those words might also be fragile and easily forgotten It is up to the reader to make these words count for something And simply sai.

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