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Set in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Diana Marie Delgado’s debut poetry collection follows the coming-of-age of a young Mexican-American woman trying to make sense of who she is amidst a family and community weighted by violence and addiction. With bracing vulnerability, the collection chronicles the effects of her father’s drug use and her brother’s incarcerat Set in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Diana Marie Delgado’s debut poetry collection follows the coming-of-age of a young Mexican-American woman trying to make sense of who she is amidst a family and community weighted by violence and addiction. With bracing vulnerability, the collection chronicles the effects of her father’s drug use and her brother’s incarceration, asking the reader to consider reclamation and the power of the self.


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Set in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Diana Marie Delgado’s debut poetry collection follows the coming-of-age of a young Mexican-American woman trying to make sense of who she is amidst a family and community weighted by violence and addiction. With bracing vulnerability, the collection chronicles the effects of her father’s drug use and her brother’s incarcerat Set in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Diana Marie Delgado’s debut poetry collection follows the coming-of-age of a young Mexican-American woman trying to make sense of who she is amidst a family and community weighted by violence and addiction. With bracing vulnerability, the collection chronicles the effects of her father’s drug use and her brother’s incarceration, asking the reader to consider reclamation and the power of the self.

30 review for Tracing the Horse

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    Readable, but extremely forgettable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erica Wright

    Delgado has a way of getting to the marrow right away. These poems are unrelenting, beautiful and brutal at once.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Murphy

    This stunning collection does exactly what poetry should do--it is the objective correlative on fire. What a gift to read this intimate and personal collection that overflows with powerful imagery and delves honestly into difficult and complex relationships, politics, and history. I'm practicing a play where my brother's doing time in prison In hell, there's nothing but crocodiles and fathers Some people like poison. Have you ever opened an apricot, warmed by the sun, and found worms? language makes ph This stunning collection does exactly what poetry should do--it is the objective correlative on fire. What a gift to read this intimate and personal collection that overflows with powerful imagery and delves honestly into difficult and complex relationships, politics, and history. I'm practicing a play where my brother's doing time in prison In hell, there's nothing but crocodiles and fathers Some people like poison. Have you ever opened an apricot, warmed by the sun, and found worms? language makes phone calls no one answers. Men are the only island I'll never live on. my youth unfolding, a paper fan.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Fritz

    This book is full of evocative images, astutely juxtaposed contradictions that are revealing and often melancholy. Intimate and personal, most of the poems center on family life plagued by misogyny, abuse, and gang culture. My favorites: "Songs of Escape" "Notes for White Girls" "The Kind of Light I Give Off Isn't Going to Last" "Desire is a Road" "They Chopped Down the Tree I Used to Lie Under and Count Stars With"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    3 stars Sometimes you're in the mood for figurative language, and sometimes you're not. I just don't think I was in the right frame of mind to fully appreciate this collection. There's some undeniably great lines & poems, but overall I found myself wishing it were a little less opaque. "The Kind of Light I Give Off Isn't Going to Last" was the standout poem for me. 3 stars Sometimes you're in the mood for figurative language, and sometimes you're not. I just don't think I was in the right frame of mind to fully appreciate this collection. There's some undeniably great lines & poems, but overall I found myself wishing it were a little less opaque. "The Kind of Light I Give Off Isn't Going to Last" was the standout poem for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robb Todd

    A wonderful debut from a needed voice. Here's an interview I did with the author: "The Flame Grows Wild in the Sunlight": An interview with Diana Marie Delgado A wonderful debut from a needed voice. Here's an interview I did with the author: "The Flame Grows Wild in the Sunlight": An interview with Diana Marie Delgado

  7. 4 out of 5

    David

    Staccato. When you finish the book and look at your hands you’ll wonder where all the blood is Oozing from; each poem was a deep paper cut-the sum of which will leave you asking yourself if these flip book poems, stop animation poetry, were not made from your own misdeeds. A terrific book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matt Brown

    tremendous. one of the better collections of poems i’ve read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bojan

    This collection is incisive, a visceral body of poems breathing, hunkered down with night sweats for those we love who harm themselves and us.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kari Hawkey

    Diana is a poet gifted with the conviction of voice and clarity that cuts to the bone. Her book is a work of art and a must read for 2019.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauri Zag

  12. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Baez Bendorf

  13. 5 out of 5

    karyme

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shawnzie Gade

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trista

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christina Olivares

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Clore

  19. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

  20. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Hendrixson

  21. 5 out of 5

    Richard Leis

  22. 4 out of 5

    hayden

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eva

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Parker

  26. 4 out of 5

    RH Walters

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kindyeyeva

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zora Serfozo

  29. 5 out of 5

    Day Heisinger-Nixon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Sophie

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