[04/15/2021] I Always Carry My Bones by Felicia Zamora
University of Iowa Press, paperback
Publication Date: April 15, 2021
Publisher Marketing: The poems inI Always Carry My Bonestackle the complex ideation of home--the place where horrid and beautiful intertwine and carve a being into existence--for marginalized and migrant peoples. Felicia Zamora explores how familial history echoes inside a person and the ghosts of lineage dwell in a body. Sometimes we haunt. Sometimes we are the haunted. Pierced by an estranged relationship to Mexican culture, the ethereal ache of an unknown father, the weight of racism and poverty in this country, the indentations of abuse, and a mind/physicality affected by doubt, these poems root in the search for belonging--a belonging inside and outside the flesh. This powerful collection is a message of longing for a sanctuary of self, the dwelling of initial energy needed for the collective fight for human rights.