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Love letters to the valley, maybe to you or the rain or roads or salt lakes or stillness or home or on not leaving.

Written by Noemi Martinez

A map of home and the relationship with South Texas, of death and ghosts and the space that exists between borders that give and borders that take.

Loving South Texas and Texas, despite the bones and pain that are born on Texas soil. Of looking for seasons and bordered tongues and dreaming of bones and gray flowers.

Noemi Martinez is a poet-curandera and writer, a single mami with Mexican and Caribbean roots. Born in Chicago, the Rio Grande Valley is home.

A beautiful illustration of epistemologies of home. South Texas Experience cuts across notions of crip and queer time from a queer Tejana/Xicana experience. Martinez starkly shows the connection between affect and geo-political location–and the negotiations and tensions that live in this connection that the sociological imagination cannot capture.

Magda García

Noemi Martinez’s new collection holds epistolary poems expressing the ambiguities of passion for the “longest lover”–our bond with place. Like in human relationships, these bonds are ambivalent, and as Noemi’s poems reveal, they are particularly so in South Texas. —I am drawn into her poetry by its lyrical handling of personal, collective and ecological struggle against the structural violence of a state played out in a region that compels one’s “retorno” like a lover. Martinez builds her poetry from the accounts of literary-philosophers, current progressive media, and historical research.

Kamala Platt is a poet, activist and independent scholar.

*If you are purchasing for an institution or library, please contact me for institution price.

*44 pages, 6x9"

South Texas Experience: Love Letters



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