Danzirly does not shy away from confronting traditional gender roles, religion, and anxieties surrounding climate change and the digital age. Gloria Muñoz addresses Latinx stereotypes and powerfully dismantles them in poetic form, juxtaposing the promised wonders of a life in America with the harsh realities that immigrants face as they build their lives and raise their families here. Winner of the Academy of American Poets’ Ambroggio Prize, this collection of poems is an unforgettable reckoning of the grief and beauty that pulses through twenty-first-century America.
“In this utterly unique bilingual collection, Muñoz brilliantly negotiates two languages and the spaces between them, exploring the ever transient emblem of the American Dream through themes of lineage and loss, cultural and spiritual inheritance, assimilation, and racial and gender inequality.”—Richard Blanco, 2013 Presidential Inaugural Poet, author of How to Love a Country
“‘But we are all on the brink of / something. Aren’t we?’ Gloria Muñoz’s Danzirly grapples with identity, place, and belonging; with the edges and borders and brinks where we find ourselves; with what we remember and what we do not want to remember; with what we speak and how we speak it; and with how the words we use shape the lives we live. This book is essential reading.”—Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones and Keep Moving
“Somewhere between dazzling and dawn is a mondegreen that confuses survival and desire, love and devastation. Gloria Muñoz has written a book that confronts the myths that raised her and the painful negotiations forced by nation, family, and institutions. These poems shelter their subjects, even as they undo the knotted entanglements that bring them together.”—Raquel Salas Rivera, author of lo terciario / the tertiary and while they sleep (under the bed is another country)
“Gloria Muñoz’s voice rings with an authenticity that occurs when tradition is brought into the service of intimate originality. What a joy to discover such an artist.”—Jay Hopler, author of The Abridged History of Rainfall