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Alexandra Lytton Regalado · Black Lawrence Press · 2017 · 90 pp


Galardonado con el St. Lawrence Book Prize. Listado uno de las colecciones poéticas favoritas en Literary Hub y finalista en dos categorías en el 2017 Foreword INDIES. Distinguido en el NBC News, Chicago Review of Books, y en Entropy. 

“Regalado’s elegant debut, Matria, introduces us to a world where “leaf-cutter ants…could easily strip the lime sapling bare in the course of one summer night.” These poems are so attuned to the intricacies of violence and desire, the pulse and rhythms of bringing new life into this world, and the cleaving that follows. I’m so grateful to hear this brave and beautiful new voice, a mighty force be reckoned with—one who promises us, “Yes, I will be the hunter, I will start/ fires…their faces will pale in my darkness.” —Aimee Nezhukumatathil

“Reading Alexandra Regalado’s majestic first book, Matria, I stumble back through the decades searching for a poet whose debut feels as deeply realized, as richly imagined—Tracy K. Smith, Carolyn Forché, Robert Hass? There is such a surfeit of life and language in this book, which ranges geographically from Florida to El Salvador, and thematically across art and identity, class and power, motherhood and sisterhood, life and death. Matria reminds us that words will never be deterred by walls, and nothing enriches American culture more than the crossing of borders.” —Campbell McGrath