Prison Recipes (Paperback)

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Jeremy Paden returns with a new chapbook of poems imagining the lives of people trapped in darkness, in this case the man-made darkness of political imprisonment in Chile and Argentina. Inspired in substance by stories told by Fernando Reati, and in style by the Argentine poet Juan Gelman, Paden provides an unflinching and harrowing account of survival in the face of the most extreme brutality (carried out by regimes, let us not forget, abetted by the US and other Western powers), of the means by which prisoners sustain not only the body, but the spirit. Accounts of making sock cheese, of bread pudding flavored by strawberry toothpaste, or the necessity of extracting every virtue from a single lemon, emerge as recipes for resistance. In one poem Paden asks, can a songbird sing in a vacuum? This little volume is the answer: Yes, they sing, but they can only be heard if those of us on the outside will echo their songs as loudly and long as we can. And we must.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781937968472
ISBN-10: 1937968472
Publisher: Broadstone Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 2018
Pages: 40
Language: English