Gnashing Teeth Publishing

| words that get in your teeth

what we’re reading – january 6, 2020

picked up this slim tome at half price books. a peek inside and the poem Ode to El Cabrito captivated me. i knew this book was coming home with me.

“A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying” by Laurie Ann Guerrero was the 2012 winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Guerrero went on to become the 2016-2017 Texas Poet Laureate. but back to this book.

it is impossible to package the weight of these poems into a single post. these poems are universal but local. Babies Under the House is heart-wrenching, not just because of the subject matter. it is a story we all know, have heard, seen in the news, only with the names changed.

the tongue, it’s power to taste, “lick you from the inside/until slaughter,” all told with the tongue of 2 languages, 2 worlds. these poems reside inside Nepantla, the place where different worlds meet (Gloria Anzaldúa).

Guerrero has 2 other volumes of poetry, which are going on our “to read” list.

young woman with red hair smiling at the camera with a white paper umbrella behind her

like pretty tulips by linda m. crate

everything has been hard and heavy, as of late; in my world and the world at large— so yesterday i was drinking in small wonders like pretty tulips dancing out

What I Can Offer You by Rich Orloff

I cannot fix your pain I cannot solve your problem I can’t prevent the sorrow you’re feeling Or even guarantee I’ll make you smile However, because I’ve known Joy embracing

by Natalye Childress

*this poem is in .jpg to preserve formatting *this is the unformatted text of the poem after rainer maria rilke you, the poet, have become world weary, word-wrought. and god

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Orchards of Udders by Jon Wesick

dripped on the blanket while air rustled tamarind trees. Chekhov drank a Thai iced tea and plummeted out of this poem. A flock of circles twittered in the hacksaw bushes

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