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The challenge for this month is to read a poetry anthology by a Latin American writer.
Because it’s National Poetry Month, duh!
I’ve been pretty explicit about the fact that reading poetry for pleasure isn’t really my thing, even though I’m actively working on a series of Latin American poetry round-ups. (You can find out more about that here.)
However, I do find that poetry is worth dabbling in every now and again, especially when you’re in a reading rut and need something to jolt you out of the malaise. Even just a poem or two sandwiched between back-to-back novels can really be refreshing.
Where to start though, in a world which seems so overwhelmingly saturated and (not always, but sometimes) impenetrable to newcomers?
As with anything literary, I’ve found that the trick to enjoying poetry is finding a poet whose rhythm you really enjoy…which doesn’t always equate to big-name poets with dozens of anthologies under their belts. And it can take some real trial and error.
For that reason, I first recommend taking a look at the poetry round-ups I’ve published so far to get a taste for different writers, style, themes, etc. You know the drill. Alternatively, you can pick a title at random from my list of recommendations below.
(As always, the recommendations include books I’ve read or simply books I want to read and review.)
New Moon by Enriqueta Lunez (trilingual copy)
No sé conjugar el verbo amar by Léonie Garicoïts
Always Rebellious by Georgina Herrera (this is a bilingual edition)
As Though the Wound Had Heard by Mara Pastor
While They Sleep by Raquel Salas Rivera
Anémona by Jamila Medina Ríos
A Little Body are Many Parts by Legna Rodríguez Iglesias
Antígona González by Sara Uribe
Style by Dolores Dorantes
‘The Storyteller Gets Her Name’ by Ari Tison
Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl by Letitia Hernández-Linares
Lineage of Rain by Janel Pineda
Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva
18 poemas de fake love para Keanu Reeves by Julia Wong Kcomt
Ayer será otro día by Corina Rueda Borrero
Guerra Florida by Daniela Catrileo
(lupa) by Lía Colombino