Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. LGBT Studies. OIL AND CANDLE traces imagined rituals, failed rituals, and magical objects of Santería in confronting issues of race, warfare, and the precarity of Latino lives. Object-oriented, OIL AND CANDLE localizes biographical, theoretical, and imagined content in a Limpias oil and an Abrecaminos prayer candle (or velón). It is as much a confrontation of racism in poetry as it is a torch-song to cultures inherited and not necessarily lived. OIL AND CANDLE was selected as the winner of Timeless, Infinite Light's 2015 TRACT Contest by guest judges Brittany Billmeyer-Finn, Cheena Marie Lo, and Syd Staiti.
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Gabriel Ojeda-Sague is a Latino queer Leo living in Philadelphia, PA. His first collection, OIL AND CANDLE (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2016), is a set of writings on Santería, war, and the precarity of Latino-American lives. He is also the author of the chapbooks JOGS (2013), a re-writing of The Joy of Gay Sex, Nite [Chickadee]'s (GaussPDF 2015), a collection of Cher's tweets on systematic racism and violence, and Where Everything is in Halves (Be About It, 2015), poems against death through The Legend of Zelda. Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA