Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Art. Memoir. In this bold and energetic debut, temporal malapropisms become purposeful play through Tamayo's poetics of code switching and homophonics. As Tamayo tackles the frustrations of the transnational immigrant experience, language "mistakes" become "missed aches" and she writes mother and mother-tongue into one as "mouth her." A red thread intrudes throughout this frenetic mixed-genre assemblage, suturing identity to the page by erasing text, embroidering images, and stitching collage together. Cathy Park Hong, 2010 Gatewood Prize judge, promises the "brash, political, and bracingly original" [RED MISSED ACHES] will "startle you awake and demand your attention."
You can buy it from SPD here or from Switchback here.
"People go [to L.A. to follow their dreams, but it's also a place at risk of sliding into the sea."
"I'm continually fascinated by by people from bigger cities...who think that small-town Midwest, or small-town anywhere, is somehow more simplistic, naive, innocent than where they're from."
My fantastic Switchback co-founders, Brandi Homan and Becca Klaver, were interviewed by Liz Hildreth on Bookslut about their respective books, Bobcat Country and L.A. Liminal. (Note: If you haven't read these books, what are you waiting for??!) Highlights include conversation about level-7 reality, memory theatre, and love/hate relationships with location.