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Author Garcia, Benjamin, 1987- author.

Title Thrown in the throat / Benjamin Garcia.

Publication Info. Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, [2020]

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Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource : portrait.
Series National poetry series
National poetry series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents The language in question -- Warrior song -- Averting the gaze -- On the slight cruelty of mothers -- Eye of the hurricane -- Ode to the corpse flower -- The language in question -- Heroin with an E -- Le darĂ­a mis pulmones -- To the unborn sibling -- Reasons for abolishing ice -- Mourning dove -- A father's portrait in styrofoam -- Conversations with my father / a poem in closet verse -- Ode to the peacock -- This way to the egress -- The darkest lashes -- The memory jar -- Queso de patas -- The language in question -- The great glass closet -- A toast to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah -- Ode to the pitcher plant -- Mutual monogamy -- Nonmonogamy -- Bliss point or what can best be achieved by cheese -- Anti-ode to the man-of-war -- Birds of illegal trade -- Silver City, New Mexico -- Self-portrait as a man-made diamond -- Heart conceit -- Gay epithalamium -- Huitlacoche -- Ode to the touch-me-not -- The language in question -- Keeping home -- Ode to Adam Rippon's butt.
Summary "Thrown in the Throat was selected for the 2019 National Poetry Series by Kazim Ali"-- Provided by publisher.
"'Tongues make mistakes / and mistakes / make languages.' And Benjamin Garcia makes a stunning debut with Thrown in the Throat. In a sex-positive incantation that retextures what it is to write a queer life amidst troubled times, Garcia writes boldly of citizenship, family, and Adam Rippon's butt. Detailing a childhood spent undocumented, one speaker recalls nights when 'because we cannot sleep / we dream with open eyes.' Garcia delves with both English and Spanish into how one survives a country's long love affair with anti-immigrant cruelty. Rendering a family working to the very end to hold each other, he writes the kind of family you both survive and survive with. With language that arrives equal parts regal and raucous, Thrown in the Throat shines brilliant with sweat and an iridescent voice. 'Sometimes even a diamond was once alive' writes Garcia in a collection that National Poetry Series judge Kazim Ali says 'has deadly superpowers.' And indeed these poems arrive to our hands through touch-me-nots and the slight cruelty of mothers, through closets both real and metaphorical. These are poems complex, unabashed, and needed as survival. Garcia's debut is nothing less than exactly the ode our history and present and our future call for: brash and unmistakably alive.
Access Concurrent user level: 1 user
Subject Sexual minorities -- Poetry.
POETRY / American / Hispanic American.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Garcia, Benjamin, 1987- Thrown in the throat First edition. Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2020. 9781571315212 (DLC) 2020017554
ISBN 9781571319999 electronic book
1571319999 electronic book
9781571315212 paperback acid-free paper