Poetry. Fiction. Hybrid Genre. Latinx Studies. THESE DAYS OF CANDY is a collection of mixed-genre work, including verse play, micro fiction, serial and solo poem, ekphrastic, and poem cycle riffing on the YouTube tutorial phenomenon. This collection utilizes tropes that point to fable and fairy tale, while releasing faint notes of surrealism, Dada-caca, Raskal Chicanx Poetiks, big-hearted lyric, fronterismo, collage, and elliptical dream messaging, among other gadgets derived from the deliriously ambulatory interior vita. Thematically, these works explore and respond to state-sanctioned surveillance, hyper-policing of person/hood, neighbor/hood and global/hood, atmospheric violence in its various iterations, loss and love, and the slow asphyxiation of ego addiction. In these pages, readers are introduced to characters, like Lulu, the superstar crossing guard angel, a Muppet-like addict, an eccentric stenographer dictating cosmic courtroom dramas, a band of fireflies responding to metaphysical help-hollers, military operatives renouncing war with love and art, and an immigrant child battling the exteriorly-induced attacks of "otherness" and distance.
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Manuel Paul López's books and chapbook include THESE DAYS OF CANDY (Noemi Press, 2017), The Yearning Feed (2013), 1984 (2010) and DEATH OF A MEXICAN AND OTHER POEMS (Bear Star Press, 2006). He co-edited Reclaiming Our Stories: Narratives of Identity, Resilience, and Empowerment (2016). A CantoMundo fellow, his work has been published in Bilingual Review, Denver Quarterly, Hanging Loose, Huizache, Puerto del Sol, and ZYZZYVA, among others. His work has been supported by the San Diego Foundation's Creative Catalyst Fund. He lives in San Diego and teaches at San Diego City College.Author City: USA