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Postcolonial Love Poem (Amazon | Book Depository)
Written by Natalie Diaz Published by Graywolf Press (2020)
ISBN: 1644450143 (ISBN13: 9781644450147). Literary Awards: National Book Award Finalist for Poetry (2020), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Poetry (2020). Bought a copy of the book. Book photos taken by me.
When I learned about this book, I immediately purchased it for our reading theme. It has been making the rounds in quite a lot of book blogs last year, and it has also received literary recognition. It is a thin book, around 80 pages long, but the themes are pretty heavy-going. Some of the poems are too cerebral for me, and I did not fully understand some of the allusions, hence this could have blunted my emotional response towards the writing.
I enjoyed the unapologetically sensual lesbian nature of some of the poems – sort of like erotica-intellectual (if there is such a thing) – or erudite-erotica (for more alliteration). I am sharing here some fragments from the poems that reached out to me, and made me appreciate even more the postcolonial nature of this love poem book. I used Typorama to design the images below.
And here is another one:
Which one spoke to you more? Have you read this collection yet? Would love to hear your thoughts.
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