• MYOTHER TONGUE by Rosa Alcalá
  • MYOTHER TONGUE by Rosa Alcalá
  • MYOTHER TONGUE by Rosa Alcalá
  • MYOTHER TONGUE by Rosa Alcalá
  • MYOTHER TONGUE by Rosa Alcalá
  • MYOTHER TONGUE by Rosa Alcalá

MYOTHER TONGUE by Rosa Alcalá

152 x 203mm, 104 pages, black and white printing, perfect bound, 2017

[Alcalá] uses empty spaces, hesitations and semantic difficulties to address mothers and daughters, herself as mother and herself as daughter, and the messy emotions and miscommunications that move between languages (in her case, English and Spanish), as well as between and within female bodies, in breastfeeding, menstruation, giving birth. Alcalá’s short, wry lines, self-interruptions and open spaces remind us how little precedent there is for honest writing on these topics, compared with the epic traditions of fathers and sons. —Stephanie Burt

“Alcalá intertwines lyrical meditation with existential concerns and current affairs: the women in the maquiladoras, occupy Wall street, the birth of a Minotaur, the many projections of the name Maria, the domestic perils and dangers of the everyday life, all woven organically. MyOTHER TONGUE, then, swings between poetry and poetic prose, between lectures, performances, and essays, because—it seems—that is the only way to journey language.” —Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny

Published by

Futurepoem

Regular price £14.00