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With a powerful and poignant introduction from Julia Alvarez, Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution is an extraordinary collection, rooted in a strong tradition of protest poetry and voiced by icons of the movement from the beginning of the 20th Century and by some of the most exciting voices today. Formally dexterous and emotionally wide-ranging in their work, the poets of Resistencia bring feminist, queer, indigenous, urban, and ecological themes to the fore alongside historically prominent protests against imperialism, dictatorships, and economic inequality. Within this momentous collection, poets representing every Latin American country grapple with identity, place, and belonging, resisting easy definitions to render a nuanced and complex portrait of language in rebellion.

Included in English translation alongside their original language, the poems in Resistencia are a testament to the art of translation as much as the act of resistance. An all-star team of translators, including US Poet Laureate emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera, along with young, emerging talent, have made many of the poems available for the first time to an English-speaking audience, broadening their reach and asking the reader to consider their messages in the context of our current moment: one where marginalized voices remain under constant threat, and speaking out is imperative. Urgent, timely, and absolutely essential, these poets inspire us all to embrace our most fearless selves and unite against all forms of tyranny and oppression.

Publication Date: 
September 15, 2020