Books Acquired Recently

Brooks, Randy M., ed. Student Haiku & Senryu Anthology: The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Competition. Haiku Society of America, 2020.

I received this anthology in the mail as a benefit of my Haiku Society of America membership. It was slated to come out last year, but just arrived due to pandemic-related delays.

Martínez, Demetria. Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2005.

I recently came across an interview of Martínez that was intriguing enough that I decided to buy her memoir. I had never heard of her before, but am intrigued by her interest in blending religiosity with feminism. Having to excavate Latinx literary history that is only fifteen years old feels a little disheartening, though that is how the slaughterhouse of literature works sometimes.

Sayrafiezadeh, Saïd. American Estrangement: Stories. New York: W.W. Norton, 2021.

I am excited to read this new collection of stories by one of my professors. His previous collection of stories, Brief Encounters with the Enemy, does an excellent job of capturing the feel of our U.S. dystopia, and from what I’ve heard, American Estrangement does more of the same. A timely book.

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