When My Brother Was An Aztec

When My Brother Was An Aztec

Book - 2012
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Publisher: Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781556593833
Branch Call Number: 811.6 DIAZ
Characteristics: xiii, 103 p. ; 23 cm


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Natalie Diaz, a queer, Latinx and Mojave American poet and enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe, has created a visceral reading experience in these poems that push and pull against mythology.

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Jun 22, 2019

This is a gorgeous book from an elegant and masterful writer.
These beautiful poems about Diaz' brother's struggle with drugs are relatable and powerfully singular at the same time. Diaz' emphasis on the body is potent. I can't wait until her next book, Post-Colonial Love Poem comes out later this year.

Nov 02, 2016

Natalie Diaz’s book of poems, When My Brother Was an Aztec, is heavy with figurative devices that lend to a magical and sensual reading experience. Diaz’s collection bravely and mercilessly explores the trials of dealing with a brother dragged into dark depths by a crystal meth addiction. The text is additionally shot through with social and cultural meaning via the recurring motifs of poverty, reservation life, and Mojave identity and history. In its love poems, the book rises to brighter waters; yet the love poems maintain Diaz’s fearless and biting imagery found throughout. Diaz accomplishes vivid storytelling that isn’t merely intellectual entertainment. It is a visceral experience felt in the skin and a reminder of the power of words, when those words are chosen with precision, and the stories conveyed with imagination.


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