Poetry. Latinx Studies. Women's Studies. "WILD INVOCATIONS is that moment that happens sometimes at a bombazo when you realize that you're watching a woman dance, but also witnessing the dancing of all the generations who meet inside her. And that their dancing is filled with both a listening for the routes and a burning of the routes. History blooming and being ravaged all at once. These poems are, for me, that moment: mighty and elemental, inventive and imaginative—with an ear to the drum. They are fierce in their ability to render the catastrophes while simultaneously surviving them. Here Ysabel González chooses 'to ruthlessly start / from the scratchy / throated beginning.' She writes: 'Mother, teach me // teach me to unleash / unravel a memory / memory which kills ahead.' This book is urgent, prayerful, fight-full. Alive. Every word and breath here is a mind willing itself to live. We are so lucky for this poet in the world."
Ysabel Y. González was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She received her BA from Rutgers University and MFA in Poetry from Drew University. She serves as the Assistant Director for the Poetry Program at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Ysabel is a CantoMundo Fellow and has received invitations to attend VONA, Tin House, Ashbery Home School and BOAAT Press workshops. Her most recent book of poetry is WILD INVOCATIONS (Get Fresh Books LLC, 2019). Her poetry has appeared in Origins Journal, Nice Cage, Tinderbox Journal, Anomaly (FKA Drunken Boat), DMQ Review, If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration, Vinyl, IMANIMAN: Poets Reflect on Transformative & Transgressive Borders Through Gloria Anzaldúa's Work, El Centro: Nuyorican Women Writers, The Wide Journal, Waxwing Literary Journal, Acentos Review, Huizache, Kalyani Magazine, APIARY Magazine, and phati'tude Literary Magazine.
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