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A New York Times "New & Noteworthy" Selection

Set in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Diana Marie Delgado’s debut poetry collection follows the coming-of-age of a young Mexican-American woman trying to make sense of who she is amidst a family and community weighted by violence and addiction. With bracing vulnerability, the collection chronicles the effects of her father’s drug use and her brother’s incarceration, asking the reader to consider reclamation and the power of the self.

ISBN-13: 9781942683872

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.

Publication Date: 09-10-2019

Pages: 112

Product Dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

Series: New Poets of America #43

Diana Marie Delgado’s debut poetry collection, Tracing the Horse, will be published by BOA Editions in the Fall of 2019. She is also the author of Late Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust (Center for Book Arts, 2015). She is a recipient of a 2017 NEA Fellowship in Poetry and has received grants and scholarships from Hedgebrook, Bread Loaf, Letras Latinas, and Jack Jones Literary Retreat. Delgado holds a BA in Poetry from UC Riverside and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, Ninth Letter, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and Fourteen Hills. Her work is rooted in her experiences growing up in the Mexican-American community, and she is a member of the CantoMundo and Macondo writing communities. She is the Literary Director of the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Poet, novelist, journalist, activist, and critic Luis J. Rodriguez was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in the San Gabriel Valley of East Los Angeles. He served as the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles from 2014–2016. Rodriguez is recognized as a major figure in contemporary Chicano literature, and has received numerous awards for his work. His best-known work, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, among others. Rodriguez has also founded or co-founded numerous organizations, including the Tía Chucha Press, which publishes the work of unknown writers, Tía Chucha's Centro Cultural, a San Fernando Valley cultural center, and the Chicago-based Youth Struggling for Survival, an organization for at-risk youth.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Reading Diana Marie Delgado, I feel the bones she rattles, the blood currents she rides, the imagery and language that spiral up the crushed and diminished voices.”
—Luis J. Rodriguez, from the Foreword

“Multiversed, multivalenced, multivoiced verses where the point of view is singular and the vision, fractured and fractal. Enter this kaleidoscope of poems where ‘the Devil / can dance like a goddamn dream.’ Delgado's long anticipated and utterly unique first collection is a tour de force of luz y fuerza, cariño y claridad, signified and signifying: familiar as a folded tortilla, strange as an estranged father or the moon or ‘riding a horse I can't stop drawing.... / a song in a dream / whose words burn / my hands like light’ Read this book ‘for feelings’ in a world gone one-dimensional.”
—Lorna Dee Cervantes

“Diana Marie Delgado’s emotionally complex and beautifully rendered debut volume, Tracing the Horse, fiercely and poignantly explores the dynamics of a family fraught with violence and conflict. Chronicling her coming-of-age in La Puente, California, Delgado interweaves the tensions of poverty, sexism, casual cruelty, vulnerability, loneliness, and addiction with startling moments of unexpected beauty and fleeting grace. Her evocative poems unfold with a tensile energy, while being hauntingly revelatory.”
—Maurya Simon, author of The Wilderness: New and Selected Poems

Table of Contents

Foreword Luis J. Rodriguez 7


Little Swan 11

They Chopped Down the Tree I Used to Lie Under and Count Stars With 12

House Where Wisteria Grew 14

Free Cheese and Butter 15

Twelve Trees 16

Before the Moon Tangles Your Hair 17

The Sea Is Farther Than Thought 18

Wolf (1) 20

House of Stars 21

Tracing the Horse 22


Late-Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust 27

Desire Is a Road 29

Primos 30

Natural History 31

Bridge Called Water 32

In the Romantic Longhand of the Night 34

Prayer for What's in Me to Finally Come Out 35

The Kind of Light I Give Off Isn't Going to Last 36

Maria 37

Lucky You 38

Horses on the Radio 39

Some Guy I Liked Who Dated Strippers 40

Where I Drown 41

Notes for White Girls 42

Songs of Escape 43

Dream Obituary 46


Who Makes Love to Us After We Die 49

Juice 50

EI Scorpion 51

Firebird 52

Wolf (2) 53

Correspondence 54

Man of the House 55

Greenbriar Lane 56

Amiga 57

In the Starlight of an Arrest 58

Vecino Drive 59

The Playboy Lounge 60

Never Mind I'm Dead 62

La Puente 62


Acknowledgments 65

About the Author 67

Colophon 72