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Mahcic: Selected Poems
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Tomás gives an overview of the book:

“Riley’s…[a] poet who writes like a master DJ: scratching metaphor, mixing cultures and remixing themes until he infiltrates your consciousness.”  -Willie Perdomo, Where a Nickle Costs a Dime, Smoking Lovely “Riley’s poems are the necessary documents we must carry to ensure the safe crossing…a paint by numbers game of language, truth and funk.” -Marisela Norte, norteWord “It is a skillfull dance Tomás performs to connect the mundane, the harsh and the ordinary with its lost ancestral source and to express that blood legacy with gentle, human clarity.” -Genny Lim, Child of War, Paper Angels “One of the most exciting new voices to emerge in Chicano poetry that I’ve heard in a long time.”                    -Alejandro Murguía, Southern Front, This War Called Love
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“Riley’s…[a] poet who writes like a master DJ: scratching metaphor, mixing cultures and remixing themes until he infiltrates your consciousness.”  -Willie Perdomo, Where a Nickle Costs a Dime, Smoking Lovely

“Riley’s poems are the necessary documents we must carry to ensure the safe crossing…a paint by numbers game of language, truth and funk.” -Marisela Norte, norteWord

“It is a skillfull dance Tomás performs to connect the mundane, the harsh and the ordinary with its lost ancestral source and to express that blood legacy with gentle, human clarity.” -Genny Lim, Child of War, Paper Angels

“One of the most exciting new voices to emerge in Chicano poetry that I’ve heard in a long time.”                    -Alejandro Murguía, Southern Front, This War Called Love

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About Tomás

Tomás Riley is a Chicano artist and activist born in Oakland, CA and raised in the Southeast San Diego neighborhood of Emerald Hills. His work has been published in several anthologies including Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Three Rivers Press, 2001). His...

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Published Reviews

Jan.18.2008

As the book-length debut by a veteran of the Chicano spoken-word collective Taco Shop Poets, Mahcic reflects the TSP's playful yet socially conscious sensibility, but the big surprise is Tomás Riley's...

Jan.23.2008

This book of poems, published by Calaca Press in 2005, was recently mailed to me by Riley himself, who is a friend and colleague based in the Bay Area. Mahcic is the name of Tomás' first-born son, and the...