Antonio Lopez, a John Lewis fellow, debuts his first poetry collection, Gentefication. While the poetry book will be available from September 2021, you can already pre-order now.
“Structured like a course syllabus, Gentefication nuances Latinidad as not just an immigration question, but an academic one. This collection challenges the age-old myth of the university space as the immigrant’s vehicle of mobility, smuggling Spanglish and slangs inside so-called ‘high-level registers’ to create a gente-fied language. It notably explores intersections of Islam and Latinidad and sustains a dialogue between James Baldwin and the Mexican-American speaker, weaving a poetic solidarity through literary lineage, discourse, and collage. The astute criticism and wide-ranging cultural references of this speaker will resonate with readers who appreciate equally forthright resistance verse and imaginative figurations.”