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Postcolonial Love Poem
Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems | Natalie Diaz
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Natalie Diazs highly anticipated follow-up to When My Brother Was an Aztec, winner of an American Book Award Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diazs brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pagesbodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and loversbe touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness: Let me call my anxiety, desire, then. / Let me call it, a garden. In this new lyrical landscape, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black, and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dunefields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality. Diaz defies the conditions from which she writes, a nation whose creation predicated the diminishment and ultimate erasure of bodies like hers and the people she loves: I am doing my best to not become a museum / of myself. I am doing my best to breathe in and out. // I am begging: Let me be lonely but not invisible. Postcolonial Love Poem unravels notions of American goodness and creates something more powerful than hopein it, a future is built, future being a matrix of the choices we make now, and in these poems, Diaz chooses love.
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vlwelser
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ImperfectCJ I just got this one as a subscription gift from Alta Journal (along with a tote bag). I'm glad to see you liked it! I hadn't heard of it before. 3w
vlwelser @ImperfectCJ She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2021. Not sure I would have found this otherwise. Or at least not so quickly. 3w
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TheBookKeepers
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@phantomx I finished! @WanderingBookaneer I‘m going to send this back to you to hold/keep while you wait on the other books from Sam. I attached y‘all in the email correspondence this morning. Thanks for a great round of poetry! #lmpbc

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TheBookKeepers
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This got delivered to the wrong apt but our office had it (they didn‘t notify me lol) anyways it is here!!!! #lmpbc @WanderingBookaneer @phantomx @SamAnne

WanderingBookaneer I hope you love it as much as I did! 3mo
WellReadCatLady Loved this book! 3mo
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phantomx
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I loved this collection; Diaz's poems are provocative, moving, and familiar. I was struck with nostgalia when it came to her poems about her and her brother-reminded me of my own brother. Her provocative poems gave off vibes of Sor Juana Ines, and Diaz makes readers think about language and nature beyond what we understand of it. #lmpbc #groupU #poetry @WanderingBookaneer @SamAnne @TheBookKeepers

SamAnne @phantomx I wrote so many comments in the original book that was lost. The poems about her brother really resonated with me as well. And I loved the poem about the Oregon wolf. I worked on wolf recovery and I followed that wolf‘s journey. 4mo
TheBookKeepers Looking forward to getting this one! BTW I‘m moving so I just emailed you my new address for the final poetry book 💕 3mo
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phantomx
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Working on finishing my lmpbc for #GroupU by the end of this week, I'm enjoying the imagery throughout this collection #lmpbc @TheBookKeepers @WanderingBookaneer @SamAnne

TheBookKeepers ❤️ 4mo
WanderingBookaneer This book resonated with me. 4mo
SamAnne Loved this collection. Will read more of her. 4mo
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everlocalwest
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Absolutely overwhelmed by this collection. I read so many of these poems several times and just steeped myself in them. A collection I will surely return to.

SamAnne Same. 4mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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My chicken-scratch handwriting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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SamAnne I am so bummed I sent my original copy to the wrong person and they have disappeared. Because I wrote a lot in the margins!! I really appreciated this collection. 5mo
WanderingBookaneer @SamAnne : I am not going to lie, I was looking forward to reading your comments; but these things happen. It‘s OK. 5mo
TheBookKeepers Oh what a bummer @SamAnne 😞 that does happen sometimes 5mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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This #poetry collection is powerful overall, but this poem has moved me in unexpected ways.

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RobinGustafson
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Reading a poem each day

SamAnne Love this collection!!! 6mo
RobinGustafson @SamAnne I‘m really enjoying it!! 6mo
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SamAnne
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Really enjoyed this Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. I need to sit with it for longer. Loved the water, river conservation themes, tribal culture, troubled brother. It‘s headed to @Soff @Pogue @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit 🙌🌞😘 6mo
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Heathertruett
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Swoon!

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GatheringBooks
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#LovePrevails Day 8: Quite a lot of #LoveHateRelationship poems in here. Perfect for our #SurvivalStories2021 theme as we “decolonize” our bookshelves. Review is forthcoming.

Eggs Nicely done ✅ 12mo
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elizabethlk
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This was my first time reading a complete collection from Natalie Diaz, but it won't be my last. This was a truly phenomenal collection of poetry and a new favourite for me easily. Highly recommended.

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GatheringBooks
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#InspiredNewYear Day 10: One reason why we host reading challenges over at GatheringBooks is because we wish to expand our reading horizons and really go outside of our reading comfort zones to be #courageous. This year for #SurvivalStories2021, we plan to decolonize our bookshelves by surfacing more narratives from the marginalized/disenfranchised/colonized. Here‘s the first part of my reading plan for the year: https://wp.me/pDlzr-mT3

ephemeralwaltz I loved The Vanishing Half and The Reluctant Fundamentalist! I really want to read Postcolonial Love Poem 😍 13mo
TheKidUpstairs Great stack! The Mothers is at the top of my TBR library stack! 13mo
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Thndrstd
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Diaz's second collection finds the poet struggling with physical desire as contemporary America seeks to erase her identity as an indigenous person. The core notions of existence and identity fill these pages as she identifies not just with her own people, but with the land, with women and with other minorities and races. Recommended.

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I‘ve fired up the spreadsheet and started planning for 2021. Two reading challenges for the coming year sounds just about right, as I will be homeschooling my two tweens, nursing the bébé, and working on writing a book of my own. ? I am looking forward to it! #Booked2021 #POPSUGARreadingchallenge

batsy If anyone can do it, Sara, you can 👊🏽💗 14mo
saresmoore @batsy Thank you, Suba! That‘s what I need to hear! 14mo
Cinfhen Echoing @batsy 💚💚💚and are the girls really tweens ??? How‘s that possible?!?!?!?!! 14mo
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saresmoore @Cinfhen I don‘t even know how it happened! Lucy turns 12 in January and Elliott will be (a very mature) 10 in February. We‘re giving Lucy her first phone... 😭 I think Charlie Brown expresses my sentiments about this perfectly: Good grief. 14mo
MaureenMc Wow! 👊 14mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad to hear you‘re jumping in #booked2021! It sounds like your life is super calm and you should be done with all the books by about April. LOL. 🤓 14mo
LauraBeth Meanwhile I‘m over here without two tweens, no baby, and not writing a book and I‘m like, “I don‘t know - not sure I can commit to a reading challenge...” 😂 14mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth Yeah, but you‘re good at boundaries and priorities. I‘m notoriously the queen of “overpromise & underdeliver.” 😆🙃 14mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore It‘s adorable that you think I‘m good at boundaries 😂 14mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth 🤣 I think you might be one of my favorite people. 14mo
Suet624 I appreciate your optimism. 14mo
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sakeriver
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Many of these poems foreground desire and love, but as noted in the title, it all happens in the context of a colonized world. I wasn't sure whether this felt like defiance or resignation or acceptance, or all of those, or none. It was affecting, for sure.

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sakeriver
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WanderingBookaneer
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SamAnne Thanks for the share. 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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This was one of my highly anticipated reads for #nationalpoetrymonth after really loving her last collection. There are poems in this collection about her brother, but far more about romantic love (delightfully steamy!) Other themes include the disappearing indigenous people (due to increasing violence and other types of erasure) and... basketball!

Some of my favorites in the first reading were American Arithmetic and Ode to the Beloved's Hips

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Redwritinghood
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The title is apt for this one. This collection includes not only poems about romantic love, but also love for the land and water, her brother, and Native peoples. Wonderful use of language in these beautiful poems. 5⭐️