(De)constructing the Tangibility of Borders : a Collection Exploring Spatiality, Fluidity, and, Self (Be)coming within the Process of Navigating through Transformations in Ambiguity

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Flores, Melba
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2018
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About her original poems, the author writes “This collection reflects the homesickness and uncertainty felt towards the beginning of my time at Kalamazoo, with pieces such as "My Father, El Tlaxcaltec", "My Mother, La Llorna", "My Sister, La Chingona". The poems afterwards explored how the "I" looks at themselves in relation to their familial role through images they associated with Tlaxcala, Mexico, which is why some of the words are in Spanish. Ending with "I, La Chingada", the "I" looks and experience their world from their perspective, preparing to leave the family unit. Maybe not understanding all that was learned, the poetic "I" interacts with the second borderland: roots. Titling the second section "Place (Roots)" is similar reasoning as the first section; to be able think about fluidity. This section talks about the dislocation and displacement of the "I", which emulates elements that is talked about in The House on Mango Street. Entering the third section, "Bodily Needs", the borderlands contends with development of self and body. Shifting towards letter, this section focuses on the war that the self contents while being straddled between multiple cultures. This section was especially important" in healing and addressing the "I" emotionally and physically after engaging in this process.”
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xi, 44 p.
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