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Ima and Coli Are the Tree That Was Never a Seed / Ima y coli son el arbol que nunca fue semilla

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The new winner of the Paz Prize for Poetry, granted by the National Poetry Series, is the author’s impressionistic homage to his hometown of Colima, Mexico.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before December 7, 2021.

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Forthcoming: 12/7/21

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What people are saying…

“Winner of the National Poetry Series Paz Prize for Poetry, Pérez-Cortés’s collection pays homage to his hometown of Colima, Mexico, and celebrate nature and place.”
Publishers Weekly, included in Poetry Adult Announcements for Fall 2021


Description

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before December 7, 2021.

Previous winners of the Paz Prize for Poetry include Miami Century Fox, by  and translated by Eduardo Aparicio, Nine Coins/Nueve monedas, by Carlos Pintado and translated by Hilary Vaughn Dobel, Colaterales/Collateral by Dinapiera Di Donato and translated by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado and I Offer My Heart as a Target/Ofrezco mi corazón como una diana, by Johanny Vázquez Paz and translated by Lawrence Schimel.

Translated by Sean Manning.

Ima and Coli Are the Tree That Was Never a Seed is Alejandro Pérez-Cortés’s poetic presentation of the history of Colima, Mexico, published here in both English and Spanish. The tree is an element/character in the book that appears and disappears throughout. Some poems are set in an ancient pre-Hispanic Colima; while others reflect the reality of a modern-day Colima, sadly stigmatized and eroded by violence perpetrated by the narcos.

In his introduction, preeminent Cuban poet José Kozer praises Pérez-Cortés: “Ima and Coli Are the Tree That Was Never a Seed comprises a voice that I consider poetic and that should be cared for and listened to with true interest. A voice that encompasses all, one that seeks to integrate, remake, and modify normative language when necessary, and to distort language that allows a better perception of the present and of everything that is historically behind a contemporary poet.”

The Paz Prize for Poetry is presented by the National Poetry Series and Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College and is awarded biennially. Named in the spirit of the late Nobel Prize–winning poet Octavio Paz, it honors a previously unpublished book of poetry written originally in Spanish by an American resident.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Published: 12/7/21
  • IBSN: 9781617759819
  • e-IBSN: 9781617759895

Author

ALEJANDRO PÉREZ-CORTÉS was born in Colima, Mexico. His poems and short stories have been published in various Mexican newspapers. Pérez-Cortés’s first English poems appeared in the anthology Soundings from the Salish Sea: A Pacific Northwest Poetry Anthology. He holds an MFA from New Mexico State University with an emphasis on Spanish-American literature, and currently teaches Spanish at North Creek High School in Washington State. Ima and Coli Are the Tree That Was Never a Seed is his latest work.

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