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Geographic Tongue

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In Geographic Tongue, an important addition to the Pleiades Press Visual Poetry Series, Rodney Gomez weaves together themes of loss, identity, ethnicity, heritage, and the mechanics of contemporary life to create a collection as lyrically arresting as it is aesthetically stunning. These visual poems, crafted with both restraint and vitality, are visceral in their depiction of cruelty and grief at the United States-Mexico border. And yet, this charged landscape also gives rise to moments of tenderness, stillness, and wry humor. Gomez's visual design is at once vivid and haunting, drawing together collage, diagrams, and abstract imagery into a bright, geometrically precise collection. His text casts such a powerful spell that in its absence, silence is heard as clearly as any phrase. Gomez writes, "You don't have to speak to speak truth," and this lucid assertion is borne out in the collection as a whole. In its art, and in its silence, the poems of Geographic Tongue are undeniably and indelibly authentic.

ISBN-13: 9780807173985

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: LSU Press

Publication Date: 10-15-2020

Pages: 104

Product Dimensions: 9.86h x 7.06w x 0.29d

Rodney Gomez is the author of Citizens of the Mausoleum, a finalist for the John A. Robertson Award from the Texas Institute of Letters; Ceremony of Sand; and the forthcoming Arsenal with Praise Song, a finalist for the Orison Prize and the Dorset Prize. He is a member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop and works at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. He is the poet laureate of McAllen, Texas.