A Jehovah's Witness is stabbed in her home by a stranger she once allowed in. A homeless woman masturbates on a park bench. A statue of the Virgin Mary, "plaster receptacle of petitions and foolish pleas," is found in a dump, a missing hand suggesting the sound of a one-handed rosary. Through images brutally honest and ...
Duality" is at the center of this striking collection of poems both intimate and grand. The poet offers a multifaceted reflection on what it means to straddle two cultures: her father's Spanish-speaking and her mother's speaking in a Southern drawl. Unexpectedly, the sonnet form helps her give voice to her "in-between-ness.
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