Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry

Ruben Quesada, editor
Published in 2022
by University of New Mexico Press

“What are the ingredients of a Latinx poetics? Is there such a thing? How do we go about it? These concerns are tackled in every essay in this most wisdom-deep and visionary collection,” writes former U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera in the foreword to this unique anthology of personal and academic essays from Latino, Latin American, Latinx, and Luso poets on the nature of poetry and its practice. With over twenty essays from poets and scholars such as Daniel Borzutzky, Rafael Campo, Brenda Cárdenas, Raina J. León, and Tomás Q. Morín, this collection explores the ways in which history and language can influence a poet’s imagination and showcases the wide variety of voices, styles, and perspectives present in a lineage of influential Latinx poets. Covering topics including ekphrasis, lyric poetry, duende, and class consciousness in poetry, this seminal anthology expands the poetic landscape with insights on the lasting impact Latinx poets have on global literature.  


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