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For the City That Nearly Broke Me
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These 28 poems are Barbara Jane Reyes at her urban political and poetic best. Of the collection, M. Evelina Galang, author of HER WILD AMERICAN SELF and ONE TRIBE, writes: "Scribe of global soundscape, Reyes builds upon the heartbeat of literary and blood ancestors, feeding her 'mythic thirst for home' as she journeys back to cities devastated and torn by the politics of race, history, class and sexuality, greeting her like an outsider. And still, despite the cities' fall from grace, each gritty image, drawn on multiple languages and rhythms, is a love song, a reflection, a naming of the self. Bittersweet, powerful and precise, I adore this important book and the work of Barbara Jane Reyes." FOR THE CITY THAT NEARLY BROKE ME is the inaugural publication in Aztlan Libre Press's Indigenous Voices Series. The Indigenous Voices Series...
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These 28 poems are Barbara Jane Reyes at her urban political and poetic best. Of the collection, M. Evelina Galang, author of HER WILD AMERICAN SELF and ONE TRIBE, writes: "Scribe of global soundscape, Reyes builds upon the heartbeat of literary and blood ancestors, feeding her 'mythic thirst for home' as she journeys back to cities devastated and torn by the politics of race, history, class and sexuality, greeting her like an outsider. And still, despite the cities' fall from grace, each gritty image, drawn on multiple languages and rhythms, is a love song, a reflection, a naming of the self. Bittersweet, powerful and precise, I adore this important book and the work of Barbara Jane Reyes." FOR THE CITY THAT NEARLY BROKE ME is the inaugural publication in Aztlan Libre Press's Indigenous Voices Series. The Indigenous Voices Series will publish important literary, artistic and cultural works by American Indians and other world indigenous voices.

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About Barbara

Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of six publications of poetry, including Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin...

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Published Reviews

Jan.15.2008

“I have said “A Poet in New York” when I ought to have said “New York in a Poet,” Lorca said of his 1932 volume, and this inside-out, vertiginous...

Jan.15.2008

Barbara J. Pulmano Reyes's debut book of poetry, Gravities of Center, opens with an invocation echoing with the loss and longing of exile: "Found" asks the muse to bestow voice, but also...