Huge congratulations to Raquel Salas-Rivera and small publisher Timeless, Infinite Light - Lo Terciario / The Tertiary
has been longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry.
The judges for the category this year are Mary Jo Bang, the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently "A Doll for Throwing"; Ken Chen, the executive director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop; Elise Paschen, whose most recent book of poems is "The Nightlife"; Danez Smith, whose book of poems "Don't Call Us Dead" was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award; and Stephen Sparks, the co-owner of the independent bookstore Point Reyes Books.
By Raquel Salas Rivera
Written in response to the PROMESA bill (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act) bill, LO TERCIARIO/THE TERCIARY offers a decolonial queer critique and reconsideration of Marx. The book's titles come from Pedro Scaron's El Capital, the 1976 translation of Karl Marx's classic. Published by Siglo Veintiuno Editores, this translation was commonly used by the Puerto Rican left as part of political formation programs. LO TERCIARIO/THE TERCIARY places this text in relation to the Puerto Rican debt crisis, forcing readers to reconsider old questions when facing colonialism's newest horrors.
Congrats to all the other longlisted poets! More information about the 2018 National Book Award Poetry Longlist here