My Kill Adore Him (Paperback)

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My Kill Adore Him is a collection of poems from Andr's Montoya Poetry Prize-winner Paul Mart nez Pompa. With a unique, independent voice, Mart nez Pompa interrogates masculinity, race, language, consumerism, and cultural identity in poems that honor los olvidados, the forgotten ones, who range from the usual suspects brutalized by police to factory workers poisoned by their environment, from the victim of a homophobic beating in the boys' bathroom to the body of Juan Doe at the Cook County Coroner's Office. Some of the poems rely on somber, at times brutal, imagery to articulate a political stance while others use sarcasm and irony to deconstruct political stances themselves.

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"Martinez Pompa's collection engages the urban landscape and how its cultural and historical legacies extended south into the border and Mexico itself. . . . As a first collection, My Kill Adore Him . . . is definitely a find, with its impressive range of Latino literary influences, from Herrera to Andres Montoya, to Martin Espada. With such poetic energy and intensity in one book, there's no doubt that Martinez Pompa's next collection will engrave him on the literary map." --El Paso Times

"In his breathtaking debut poetry collection, Martinez Pompa bursts onto the contemporary Latino scene with literary guns ablaze. He is precisely what we need right now: a brave poet just as critical of himself as he is of others. Within the pages of this clever and brutally honest text lie the words of an old soul--who just happens to be a young poet. Martinez Pompa's youth and aged wisdom coexist in each and every poem, resulting in a fresh, yet deadly serious new voice that is not to be trifled with. . . . Highly recommended reading for anyone on the lookout for what comes next in Latino poetry." --Multicultural Review

"There is so much more going on in this book . . . My Kill Adore Him is an exciting and tough collection of very well-composed and accessible poems. It's been a while since I tore through a book of poetry and really enjoyed the read." --Harriet: A blog from the Poetry Foundation

"My Kill Adore Him is a collection of poetry from Paul Martinez Pompa focusing on the issues of masculinity, race, and who people are. My Kill Adore Him is an entertaining and thought provoking work, highly recommended." --The Midwest Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780268035181
ISBN-10: 0268035180
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication Date: August 20th, 2009
Pages: 84
Language: English
Series: Andres Montoya Poetry Prize