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 include NERVE CURRICULUM (Futurepoem), THESE DAYS OF CANDY (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series), The Yearning Feed (University of Notre Dame Press), winner of the Earnest Sandeen Poetry Prize, and Death of a Mexican and Other Poems (Bear Star Press). He also co-edited three anthologies, Reclaiming Our Stories: In the Time of Covid and Uprising (City Works Press), Reclaiming Our Stories 2 (City Works Press), and Reclaiming Our Stories (City Works Press), all three generated from a community-based writers' workshop of the same name that he's co-facilitated since 2016 in Southeast San Diego. He lives in San Diego and teaches at San Diego City College.