Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry

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This book is published by Floricanto Press.www.FloricantoPress.comwww.LatinoBooks.Net

There have been many books gathering voices from the Latino experience but very few specifically celebrating the queer Latino experience. The term “queer” itself is also significant because some of the poets featured in this anthology consider themselves to be bisexual while others identify as gay. Nonetheless, we all revel in the fact that we pose a threat to the mainstream social fabric of monogamous heterosexual procreative matrimony imposed by militant oppressors. We have always existed throughout all socio-economic structures of the Latino population somewhere between machismo and the Catholic Church. For the record, maricones are not only stereotypical effeminate men who enjoy anal pleasure but also the ones providing the insertion, regardless of wife and kids. With the exception of two truly amazing poets I had the pleasure of meeting during a visit to Buenos Aires and found absolutely necessary to include, all of the Latino voices in this collection were either raised in the United States or have spent a considerable amount of their lives within this country. Therefore, we are all Americans, whether associated to this country or to this continent in general. We are all relatives, in spite of our differences, bound together by the understanding of a common language whether we use it always, sometimes or simply have a basic grasp of it. It is important for us to unite as a community and celebrate our diversity in order to start building a bridge between our differences. The queer population is made up of our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, sons and daughters. In the end, we are all part of the same struggle. There is enough prejudice and hatred in the world for us to take one another for granted as familia. So, whether you are able to understand each contribution to the anthology as a whole or just part of it, hopefully you will appreciate how we have migrated and evolved as a society. These poems are personifications of our souls and, like mariposas, we will continue to survive and pollinate with our words, whether in English or Spanish or Spanglish, for years to come.

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