The Verging Cities (Mountain West Poetry Series) by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

By Natalie Scenters-Zapico

From undocumented males named Angel, to angels falling from the sky, Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s gripping debut assortment, The Verging Cities, is full of explorations of immigration and marriage, narco-violence and femicide, and angels within the household sphere. Deeply rooted alongside the US-México border within the sister towns of El Paso, Texas, and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, those poems provide a courageous new voice to the ways that overseas politics have an effect on the person. Composed in numerous varieties, from sonnet and epithalamium to endnotes and box notes, each one poem distills violent tales of narcos, undocumented immigrants, border patrol brokers, and the folk who fall in love with one another and their traumas.

The border in Scenters-Zapico’s The Verging Cities exists in a visceral position the place the true is (sur)real. In those poems mouths communicate suspended from ceilings, numbered steel poles mark the border and enthusiasts’ spines, and towns scream to one another at evening via fences that “ooze in simple terms silt.” This daring new imaginative and prescient of border lifestyles among what has been named the most secure urban within the usa and the homicide capital of the area is in deep dialog with different border poets—Benjamin Alire Saenz, Gloria Anzaldúa, Alberto Ríos, and Luis Alberto Urrea—while developing itself as a brand new and haunting interpretation of the border as a verge, the start of 1 factor and the top of one other in consistent cycle.

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