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Author Scenters-Zapico, Natalie, author.

Title The verging cities : poems / Natalie Scenters-Zapico.

Published Fort Collins, Colorado : The Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
Uniform title Poems. Selections
Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Mountain west poetry series
Mountain west poetry series.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents ""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Con/verge""; ""Crossing""; ""How Borders are Built""; ""Bibbed in Paisley he Reads Å?iÅ?ek Instead""; ""Dear Angel,""; ""Sunday Mornings""; ""The Corner Store Clerk Says Her Name was Ofelia""; ""After I Read Your Obituary""; ""Photos Found on a Dead Manâ€?s Phone""; ""Because They Lack Country""; ""angel & i""; ""Broken Initials""; ""In a Half-full Bathtub""; ""I Light the House on Fire and Lie down""; ""Notes on Ciudad Juárez, As a Play""; ""The Verging Cities Watch Me""; ""When The Desert Made Us Visible""; ""Di/verge""; ""Succulence""
""It�s The Heat That Wakes Us""""Woman Found Near Sunland Park Mall""; ""A Torero�s Daughter is Killed""; ""La Mariscal Ciudad Juárez, México""; ""Placement""; ""A Place to Hide The Body""; ""Guerrero Pears""; ""The Archeologist Came to Hunt Trilobites""; ""In a Dust Storm""; ""Mouth in my Kitchen""; ""Angel Reassures Me I Have Escaped The Verging Cities""; ""A Mass Grave Washed""; ""When The Desert Made Us Invisible""; ""Re/Merge""; ""Epithalamia""; ""Verge""; ""Angels Fall From The Sky to El Paso, Texas""; ""The City is a Body Swallowed""
""A Journalist�s Field Notes on The Kentucky Club""""Girl Curled Over a Bar Stool""; ""The Verging Cities""; ""The City Is A Body Broken""; ""In The Morning I Feel Angel�s Freath""; ""Because You Don�t Have a Social Security Number""; ""Angel and I Are Both Great Pretenders,""; ""Like Victorian Women""; ""Your Mouth Is Full""; ""The Sun that Tends to Fields of Grain burns""; ""Endnotes on Ciudad Juárez""; ""How Borders Collapse""; ""Acknowledgments""
Summary "From undocumented men named Angel, to angels falling from the sky, Natalie Scenters-Zapico's gripping debut collection, The Verging Cities, is filled with explorations of immigration and marriage, narco-violence and femicide, and angels in the domestic sphere. Deeply rooted along the US-Mexico border in the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, and Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, these poems give a brave new voice to the ways in which international politics affect the individual. Composed in a variety of forms, from sonnet and epithalamium to endnotes and field notes, each poem distills violent stories of narcos, undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, and the people who fall in love with each other and their traumas. The border in Scenters-Zapico's The Verging Cities exists in a visceral place where the real is (sur)real. In these poems mouths speak suspended from ceilings, numbered metal poles mark the border and lovers' spines, and cities scream to each other at night through fences that "ooze only silt." This bold new vision of border life between what has been named the safest city in the United States and the murder capital of the world is in deep conversation with other border poets--Benjamin Alire Saenz, Gloria Anzaldúa, Alberto Rios, and Luis Alberto Urrea--while establishing itself as a new and haunting interpretation of the border as a verge, the beginning of one thing and the end of another in constant cycle"-- Provided by publisher.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Sister cities -- Poetry.
El Paso (Tex.) -- Poetry.
Juárez (Chihuahua, Mexico) -- Poetry.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781885635440 (electronic bk.)
1885635443 (electronic bk.)