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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… Codex of Love: Bendita ternura Poems by Liliana Valenzuela

Estos son poemas sin el qué dirán, sin censura, sin vergüenza, uncensored, unbottoned, unapologetic, nadando naked entre los muchos mundos que habitan las mujeres, ardiendo de azufre y volcanes, envuelta en hojas de maíz y de plátano, dando saltos mortales entre el aquí y el allá, y ese vientre fértil de por medio.

These are poems sin el qué diránsin censurasin vergüenza, uncensored, unbuttoned, unapologetic, swimming desnuda between the many worlds women inhabit, blazing of sulphur and volcanoes, wrapped in corn husks and banana leaves, somersaulting between here and allá, and that fertile womb in between.

—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street 

Matthew Revert: A friend of FlowerSong Books. Look for new book covers featuring his art and graphic designs to feature on FSB.

book by Matthew Revert

About

Matthew Revert is a designer based in Melbourne, Australia who has gained prominence in the independent press and record label world for his creative designs. His design of different formats, including books, cassettes and LPs, for various clients ranging from independent presses to industry heavyweights such as Eraserhead Press, Thick and Vaney, Bizarro Pulp Press, Ampersand Press, Broken River Books, Lazy Fascist, Kye Records, Erstwhile Records, Slope Editions, Noemi Press, Civil Coping Mechanisms, Grindhouse Press and Dzanc, to name a few, has garnered him a strong following and a recognisable name. Sought for his unique style of design which often throws back to 60s and 70s era Penguin books, Revert’s work evokes a sense of nostalgia and harkens back to an untainted version of design. Known for a wide range of design styles and implementations, possibly his most popular signature is creating distressed, aged looks which can have even the trained eye believing the item in question to be well-thumbed and roughly treated by human hands and the inescapable ravages of time. His work ranges from purely digital design, to organic construction, to creation by hand and/or a careful symbiosis of multiple mediums to create eye-catching and idiosyncratic designs.

https://www.matthewrevertdesign.com/I-Took-My-Barrio-On-A-Road-Trip

Cover design by Matthew Revert
art by Matthew Revert

Boundless – The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival’s Anthology for 2020 is now accepting submissions!

Boundless – The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival’s Anthology for 2020 is now accepting submissions!

Boundless will be published as a perfect bound edition with an ISBN and will be available on amazon.com.  As always, poets do not have to register for or attend our festival in order to submit work for publication. A free copy of the anthology will be gifted to the included poets that are present at the Festival. Those anthologized poets not present, may request to receive a copy through the US mail however, shipping costs will be the responsibility of the poet.

Previous editions include poets from across the U.S., China, India, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Bangladesh, and England, Scotland, Ireland, etc.

Become a part of this exciting anthology!

GUIDELINES:

Submit up to three typewritten poems in a legible font. Poem may be on any topic, and any style—although visual/shape poems can be difficult due to margin restrictions, so please be sure that your poem fits or is formatted for a book of 6×9 dimensions. 

Poems may be in any language. (However, we ask for a translation if it is not in English.) Strict 35-line limit per poem, not including title and spaces. Only work submitted to this Submittable page will be accepted for consideration.

No previously published poems–or translations of previously-published poems–please, except from self-published chapbooks with limited distribution. DO NOT place your name or other identifying information on the poems themselves.  Please submit ONE document with your poems.

Add a cover letter that must include:

Your Name – as you wish to it appear on your published work.
The Title(s) of your poem(s), or the first line for an untitled poem.
E-mail address AND phone number.
A short bio – 50 words or less–  written in third person and
focusing on your life as a writer.

If you change your e-mail, please let us know immediately. 

A limited amount of perfect-bound copies of the anthology will be available for purchase at the anthology release event and potentially thereafter.

Youth Section Submissions Are Welcome from High School Students–Same Guidelines (Bio must denote Youth Submission)!

https://redearthproductions.submittable.com/submit/141884/rio-grande-valley-international-poetry-festival-boundless-anthology?fbclid=IwAR0UzcMmFGJqmggoqqZzvCQd4v5TAzABhNgIfdu1HKnYIFXxoh6ElcxjMyc

FlowerSong Books 2020-2021 Publishing Goals Fundraiser

FlowerSong Books nurtures essential verse from, about, and through the borderlands & beyond

Short Summary

FlowerSong Books nurtures essential verse from, about, and through the borderlands. The voices of those from Latin America,the U.S,A. and all over the world. We are Literary, Lyrical, Latino, and we welcome allies that understand and join in the voice of people of color and our struggle, truth, and hope.

We will publish novice, emerging, and established writers of short stories and poetry. We are open to submissions all year long and will make it a goal to have a rapid response to every submission. 

We will continue to work with the City of McAllen and the Poet Laureate Anthology Series to publish the voices f the Rio Grande Valley Youth of south Texas. In 2020, we will be publishing Volume 3 in the series.

We will also work with the local community to create free writing workshops for the community by paying authors to create workshop programs.

The money will help pay to create beautiful books by hiring artists that specialize in creating cover art and formatting skills. 

FlowerSong Books Poetry 2020 Forthcoming Authors

Dreaming: A Tribute To Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, edited by Odilia Galván Rodríguez

  • Dreaming: A Tribute To Selena QuintanillaPérez, edited by Odilia Galván Rodríguez
  • the most spectacular mistake you make, by Anatalia Vallez
  • Huelga, by Jessica Ayala
  • Ese golpe de luz, by Gabriel González Núñez
  • Despojo, by Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez
  • Codex of Love: Bendita ternura, by Liliana Valenzuela
  • Corta la piel / It Pierces the Skin, by Xánath Caraza
  • Pearl, by Tom Murphy
  • Screw The Wall, by Juan Perez
  • Notes from the Last Age, by José Chapa
  • No Way To Die, by Dario Beniquez
  • Yellow Eye Tea, by Diana Elizondo
  • Border Lust & Brujeria: Cantos Of A Tejano Beat Poet, by Hector Gomez
  • Driving into Black Mountains, by Sarah Joy Thompson

What We Need & What You Get

We had an aggressive 2019 and don’t plan on slowing down. We have our 2020 line-up set and are already looking into 2021 and beyond. Because the money to create all these come from just one source and income it sometimes slows the process. With your help we can continue with this important work and hire some help.

The Impact

The impact can be huge. We are already working with our youth in south Texas by way of the City of McAllen Poet Laureate Anthology Series going on its third year in 2020, and plan on working with Father Gregory Boyle and Homeboy Industries to provide literary workshops to Stand, Heal, and Invest in the Homeboys & Homegirls of Los Angeles. FlowerSong Books looks to spread across the nation and internationally, publishing stories and poetry of border poets across the world.  

Other Ways You Can Help

Spread the news about our campaign. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flowersong-books-2020-2021-publishing-goals/x/22468421#/

FlowerSong Books Poetry 2020 Forthcoming Authors

  • Dreaming: A Tribute To Selena QuintanillaPérez, edited by Odilia Galván Rodríguez
  • the most spectacular mistake you make, by Anatalia Vallez
  • Huelga, by Jessica Ayala
  • Ese golpe de luz, by Gabriel González Núñez
  • Despojo, by Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez
  • Codex of Love: Bendita ternura, by Liliana Valenzuela
  • Corta la piel / It Pierces the Skin, by Xánath Caraza
  • Pearl, by Tom Murphy
  • Screw The Wall, by Juan Perez
  • Notes from the Last Age, by José Chapa
  • No Way To Die, by Dario Beniquez
  • Yellow Eye Tea, by Diana Elizondo
  • Border Lust & Brujeria: Cantos Of A Tejano Beat Poet, by Hector Gomez
  • Driving into Black Mountains, by Sarah Joy Thompson

FlowerSong Books takes submissions all year long. We have a quick response rate. Send manuscripts to flowersongbooks@gmail.com

We are currently reading poetry for 2021, prose, short stories, and novels for Winter 2020 and beyond

Pre-Order… Coatlicue Girl A Bilingual Collection of Poems and Stories by Gris Muñoz

Foreword by 

   Luis Alberto Urrea  

Tonantzin in El Paso

I first became aware of Gris during my many visits to El Paso related first to my books about The Saint of Cabora. My tia, Teresita. I hung out with the Byrds, of Cinco Punto Press, and my friend Benjamin Saenz. Crawled cemeteries and Segundo Barrio. Shopped for curandera herbs in Juarez. Then came back to write about the town for various publications.  

At the height of the narco depredations across the river, Gris appeared in my inbox. 

Having come up amidst the Chicano revolutionary days, a time when we were all seemingly a familia, we all worked on mad projects and world-saving Quixotadas, and nobody was ever formal with each other, I fell right in with her. Esta Gris seemed to believe, like I still do, that it is 1977 and we are all together saving the Raza and the country. She reminded me of all the homies and warriors I knew then

–Alurista, Angela de Hoyos, Ricardo Sanchez, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Rudy Anaya. You can fill in the blanks: pick any santa or santo who stood up and cried out for us.

Although she was discreet about her output, I slowly became aware of her writing, and of her dreams. And I was thrilled when the many words she was crafting and sharing in anthologies and journals coalesced into this first book. It is a vivid, wind-swept thing, this ritual. Multi-lingual, woven with faiths that are ancient and various and somehow one. Feminist, ancient, sophisticated and fervent. Gris moves from poetry to prose and back again. Like so many great Chicana scriptures laid down in our pasts, this is an announcement of arrival and a crie de coeur.

But let us never forget it is also a crie de guerre.  

This is the border, cabrones, the mero desierto. This is Apache blood in the veins. This is a dancer and a poet and a healer talking. A rock and roll curandera with a syncretistic religious heart. Tossing off chains as she goes.

I soon started to recognize Gris. I started to see the same spirit that moved in Teresita, La Santa. And the medicine women who taught me their secrets so I could write my books. That’s when I started calling her Tonantzin.

So happy this immense journey has begun. May many travel with you, hermanita.

L.A.U.

Chicago c/s

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

$17.00 includes shipping. Order your copy today!

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!