Raft of Flame

Desirée Alvarez

Raft of Flame

Desirée Alvarez

Distributed for Omnidawn Publishing, Inc.

80 pages | 1 halftone | 6 x 9
Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9781632430816 Will Publish March 2020
A painter and poet, Desirée Alvarez engages with the powerful forces of lyric and rhythm to create a collection that moves across time and place. Inspired by Lorca’s passionate cante jondo, or “deep song,” and her own family history with Andalusian flamenco, Alvarez weaves together a time-travelling epic that searches through myth, culture, and nature for the roots of identity. Navigating both her Latina and European heritage through works by artists of the ancient Americas and Spain, Alvarez maps intersections between personal and political history. Searching narratives both fictitious and real, Raft of Flame includes imagined conversations between a conquistador and an Olmec sculpture, between Frida Kahlo and Velazquez, and between The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy and Glinda the Good Witch.

In Raft of Flame, Alvarez constructs and fleshes out a fantastic narrative of personal and cultural history, offering glimpses into the art, history, and land that comprise her story. Her narrative explores how both nature and human populations continue to be trapped in the violence of colonialism. Vivid lyrics interrogate the complexities of mixed race, digging the dualities, upheavals, and casts of characters that underly Alvarez’s identity.
 
Contents
AZURE/4 PORTRAIT OF A SPANISH MEXICAN MAID/5 SMALL MODEL OF MEXICAN RUIN/6 TRADING POST/7 DIARY OF THE GHOST OF A MESTIZA/8 UN TINTERO, INKWELL/9 CANTE DULCE/10 POEM ABOUT HOW TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH CIVILIZATION/11 CALL & RESPONSE BETWEEN COLONIZER
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