First Look Now Available for Pre-Order: Ese golpe de luz by Gabriel González Núñez

Prefacio
Gabriel González Núñez, escribidor

Este poemario existe por dos causas distintas pero entrelazadas. La primera es que, como todo aquel que escribe poesía, he leído muchos poemas en mi vida. Es natural que, de tanto leer a Neruda y Benedetti y Machado y tantos otros, vivos y muertos, quiera uno ensayar algo de todo eso. Así que cuando me puse a escribir utilicé las formas que conocía y que de un modo u otro me resultaban especialmente interesantes: el espacio expresivo del verso libre, la estética minimalista del haikú, la sonoridad rítmica del soneto y así sucesivamente.

 

El poemario es un reflejo de la vida de trotamundos improvisado que me ha tocado vivir. Tal vez por ello me he vuelto muy consciente de lo esencial que es la savia que sube por las raíces, lo complejo que resulta navegar las correntadas del mundo moderno y lo sobrecogedor que es buscar la trascendencia de la eternidad. Me gusta pensar que en este crisol de pasado, presente y futuro que somos existe una chispa divina que escapa todo entendimiento. Estos poemas son, entonces, unos torpes intentos por expresar distintos aspectos de eso que no se logra decir pero que todos intuimos.

 

Este mundo, que es el único que conocemos, tiene sus luces y sus sombras. Espero que el tiempo que cada lector le dedique a leer las páginas que siguen sea más de luz que
de sombra.

Noviembre de 2019
Brownsville, Texas, Estados Unidos

 

Pre-Order: Mowing Leaves of Grass

“Matt Sedillo is stone-cold the best political poet in America. Every wildly inventive line is the snap of a switch-blade. Forget the pretentious toffs who poetize for the NPR crowd. Sedillo is Vengeance — the one we’ve been waiting for.” 

—Greg Palast, Author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and recipient of The George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award

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Events & Readings with FlowerSong author jo reyes-boitel

upcoming events

  • November 1 : Panelist at Mundo Zurdo Conference (full program here), Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
  • November 15, 6pm : Reading at Bella la Brew, presented by Aransas County Poetry Society, Rockport, TX
  • December 1, 3pm : Annual Peace Market at Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
  • December 7, 6pm : Sound Museum SATX, featuring new music, spoken word, and digital art, MBS Southtown, 1115 S Alamo. Presented by Darren Ryan | No Reality TV, San Antonio, TX
  • January 2020 : details to come, opening for Wendy Barker, Twig Bookstore, San Antonio, TX
  • February 27-29, 2020 : Panelist at Peoples Poetry Festival, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
  • March 6, 2020 : AWP off-site reading, Queer poets at Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, San Antonio, TX

Poetry Workshop by jo reyes-boitel, author of Michael & Josephine

If you wondered about the novel in verse, wonder no more! I will be teaching a novel in verse course over 4 weeks at Gemini Ink. “Notes to Gilgamesh: Crafting a Novel in Verse” is a wonderful starting point for understanding the form, its history, and its use in modern storytelling. The class will also let you get started on your own novel in verse. Don’t miss this class!

FlowerSong Books Pushcart Prize Nominations, 2019

FlowerSong Books is pleased to submit the following FSB family nominations for the 2019 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. We are excited to have their excellence represent the press!

Jo Reyes-Boitel – House Sitting for San Martín de Porres

Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros – Blessed Be The Mother

Eduardo Vega – I Didn’t Write This Poem For You

Odilia Galván Rodríguez – The Color of Light

Reyes Cárdenas – Tortured Barrio Songs

FIRST LOOK: MOWING LEAVES OF GRASS

POEMS BY MATT SEDILLO

“Matt Sedillo is stone-cold the best political poet in America.  Every wildly inventive line is the snap of a switch blade. Forget the pretentious toffs who poetize for the NPR crowd.  Sedillo is Vengeance — the one we’ve been waiting for.”

–Greg Palast, Author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and recipient of The George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award 

“It’s the poets who inspire me and Matt is one of the finest of a generation. “

– Roxeanne Dunbar Ortiz, Author of an Indigenous People’s History of the United States and recipient of the The Lannan Lifetime Achievement Prize for Cultural Freedom

“Matt Sedillo’s poetic work is full of history, struggle, tragedy, anger, joy, despair, possibility and faith in the struggles of working class people to overcome the forces of capitalism and racism. If Patrice Lumumba, Rosa Luxembourg, Emiliano Zapata and Ella Baker were alive today, they would all be reading and sharing Matt Sedillo’s work with their comrades in service of organizing the next revolution. He is truly the poet laureate of struggle.”

– Paul Ortiz, Author of Emancipation Betrayed  and Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

LET A NEW EARTH RISE: RIO GRANDE VALLEY YOUTH ANTHOLOGY (2019)

FlowerSong Books Author Showcase

First Look: Tortured Barrio Songs

Reyes Cardenas, Chicano poet, has a new book out with FlowerSong Books. Tortured Barrios Songs is really not one book, but a trinity of three books, each tied to and adding to the understanding of the others. Cárdenas brings to bear, once again, his signature no-holds-barred humor, crossed with a stinging criticism of the injustices of being poor in America, something reflected sharply in all three sections of the book:

  • Andrés Sobaco, El Numbnuts, a flowing and painfully beautiful novel-in-verse set in the West Side barrios of San Antonio
  • El Ocho Patas, a darker, more philosophical and metaphorical tale of the man with eight legs
  • Canciones Desesperadas, a collection of poems unveiling the formative root experiences of the poet and other real people in his Vonnegut-style karass of a barrio

Together, they make a book both irreverent and yet somehow filled with respeto for life and the universe. The tender sacrileges with which he addresses God, or Christ, or La Llorona, remind us of a man whose tragedies have been so crushing that the hope within him has become even more persistent, and even more resilient.

la bloga interview with Odilia Galván Rodríguez

Odilia was recently interviewed about her newest book, The Color of Light, on la bloga.