The Small Claim of Bones


Latina poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez describes a mosaic of worlds—Tenochtitlan, New Spain, and the Mexican diaspora—in an exploration of her multicultural identity. A literary bridge spanning 600 years of history, these poems reflect two pivotal eras in Mexico’s past through the voices of real and imagined historical figures who in turn elicit responses from the poet’s contemporary voice. Three series of poems, each rooted in sacredness, draw from these eras and form the collection’s foundation: imagined fifteenth-century Nahua “songs,” irreverent sonnets and décimas inspired by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and the intimate, contemporary voice of the poet as she pays tribute to all she holds dear in the border’s diverse cultural tapestry. Through a call-and-response approach, this unique collection extends the literary dialogue of the Americas vital to US Hispanic literature, earning the author a place in the company of the most esteemed Latina feminist writers.

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Cindy Williams Gutiérrez
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Cindy Williams Gutiérrez’s work has been published in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, UNAM’s Periódico de Poesía, Portland Review, Rain Taxi, and many other publications. She has performed her Aztec-inspired poetry accompanied by pre-Hispanic music at the AWP conference and at colleges and museums through Humanities Washington. Her verse play A Dialogue of Flower & Song was featured in the 2012 GEMELA Conference.

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