Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge

Posada Offerings of Witness and Refuge In her debut poetry collection Posada Offerings of Witness and Refuge Xochitl Julisa Bermejo explores what it means to live on the border a literal and figurative image that takes on multiple meani

  • Title: Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge
  • Author: Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo
  • ISBN: 9781939675422
  • Page: 459
  • Format: ebook
  • In her debut poetry collection, Posada Offerings of Witness and Refuge, Xochitl Julisa Bermejo explores what it means to live on the border, a literal and figurative image that takes on multiple meanings There are the rich and vibrant stories of her Mexican grandparents and parents, stories she carries with her and finds still relevant in modern day Los Angeles there i In her debut poetry collection, Posada Offerings of Witness and Refuge, Xochitl Julisa Bermejo explores what it means to live on the border, a literal and figurative image that takes on multiple meanings There are the rich and vibrant stories of her Mexican grandparents and parents, stories she carries with her and finds still relevant in modern day Los Angeles there is a traditional view of womanhood and the reality of being a contemporary woman in the United States there is a straddle of Spanish and English, a clamor of tongues there is the dividing actual line between Mexico and the United States, which people risk their lives to cross each day To the people, not so different than herself, she writes, I promise you are not invisible, nor discarded, people traveling when the land is dark Terry Wolverton, Author of Embers

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    1. Review originally published on my blog ifyoucanreadthis.wordpress In the four sections of her first poetry collection, Posada- Offerings of Witness and Refuge, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo takes us with her through the multiple, imaginative and too real border spaces of migration, language and belonging. In the first part, she goes on a journey of remembering, collecting and reconstructing her family’s history. Starting with the stolen metate they brought from Teocaltiche, Bermejo connects the memor [...]

    2. For those who think poetry is all butterflies and sunsets, Bermejo offers these gritty poems of Mexican-American life, of people dying in the desert, of her grandmother grinding corn in her metate for tortillas, of love, and of legends. She writes without boundaries, not afraid to say in “Ventana” when a young girl is being raped with a cross hanging over her head, “Jesus has forgotten to mobilize.” The next line: “Black spray paint explains, Jesus ya no vive aqui,” which means “Je [...]

    3. I just finished reading this today and I have no words. This book is delicate yet strong in a quiet way that really impacts you to your core. I love poetry and words that can make you feel something with so little. There’s something very powerful about that and these poems truly do that.

    4. A fresh collection of poetry that connects the poet's family experience to the desert of Arizona. Strong and unforgettable images lace through these poems and render the reader humbled and honored to have shared these words from the poet's soul. A grand collection; the poems of the grandmother are best.

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