Giraffe on Fire
A poetic collage of voices, genres, and time-spaces. A display of power over language and rhythm. A postmodern performance of naked figures hanging in the nebulae of a militarized universe. A new millennium cubist manifesto against decrepit political machines. A mystic song in search of birth and love. In this new collection of poems, Juan Felipe Herrera's natural talent for capturing the raw dimensions of reality merges with his wild imagination and technical prowess.
Things, names, places, histories, herstories, desires, wills, minds, and their effects and progeny are re-mixed, re-mastered, and re-cast into a new narrative theater. Characters in a constant and stubborn rush, appearance, disappearance, and flow—with, against, and for each other—create the fire and give birth to the hallucinatory spotted and leaf-eating, long-necked child. Exciting and original, cutting-edge and risk-taking, Giraffe on Fire is a breathtaking addition to a respected body of work by a poet not afraid to speak out about how poetry reflects the raw beauty and truth of life.
“Although Herrera describes himself as a Chicano poet, the bilingual poems in Giraffe on Fire have less to do with cultural identity than with issues of self and survival in a world marked by rapid flux. . . . His intricate narrative technique involves weaving the seemingly spontaneous grunts, howls, and imprecations of psyches undergoing forced transition.”—World Literature Today
“This is the poet in tune with the universe.”—Virgil Suárez
“Some of the most exquisite images one can find in U.S. Latino poetry.”—Lauro Flores, editor of The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of U.S. Hispanic Literature