I want to continue my streak of promoting Latinx poets in the book blogging community. So today, Lisa M. Bradley is on the blog and introduces us to her book The Haunted Girl and some of her stunning poems.
The poem titles are linked to pages where they’ve been published, so give them a read when you have the time!
The Haunted Girl – My collection of speculative short fiction and poetry is available from Aqueduct Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
“…at the collection’s core: resistance to norms, to imposition, be they of language, sexuality, or mortality. There is a sharpness, a sting to most of these poems, of the kind that makes you hiss and then seek it out again. I loved the collection’s bilingualism, both in the presence of Spanish and the musings on being between languages, on the thermodynamics of translation…” Amal El-Mohtar, Lightspeed
“…innumerable facets of female identity glitter at the heart of these darkly beautiful treks through otherworldly landscapes…. Bradley possesses a real gift for language and unflinching insight into the best and worst of human nature. You owe it to yourself to check out this rising star of speculative fiction and verse.” –David Bowles, The Monitor
The Haunted Girl – The title poem for my collection, “The Haunted Girl” is a critique of misogyny in modern horror TV and film. Since its original publication in Goblin Fruit, it’s been reprinted in Weird Fiction Review and The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry.
Golden Age – This short poem riffs on the oft-quoted adage, “The golden age of science fiction is twelve.” Devilfish Review is a paying online quarterly journal of speculative fiction and poetry that more people should know about. Founded in the Rio Grande Valley in Deeeep South Texas (my home zone), DR has a unique pulse that comes of braving borders.
we come together we fall apart – Don’t be intimidated by this epic-length poem. You can read this story about a marriage of convenience (x3) that ends in tragedy (and magic sheep), or listen to it in seven voices at Stone Telling magazine.
Una Canción de Keys – A haunted family sustains its bonds through food and bad puns. Strange Horizons has been very supportive of multilingual, code-switching art in the speculative vein. My new poem, “Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas, Lost at Sea, 1527,” goes live at SH this month.
About the author:
An uprooted Tejana, Lisa lives in Iowa with her spouse, child, and two cats. She has fiction forthcoming from Podcastle and Solar Punk Press and poetry soon to appear in Strange Horizons and Sunvault: An Anthology of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation. She recently completed a fantasy novel set on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1930s. Her website is www.lisambradley.com. You can also find her on Twitter, as @cafenowhere.
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