Author(s): Lisa Samuels
Lisa Samuels writes: Spanish, drawings, and dislocated English come together in this book's poetic experiments with writing death, that 'global language I can't speak.' The poems of Mama Mortality Corridos dwell in the realm of error that seems to characterize the relation of death to the human consciousness, 'dense and fell y verdaderamente / o.k. her straight and bones made / strong and well ...' In its lyrics and fragments, moments and aftermaths, allusions and adornos, Mama Mortality Corridos slides 'acidly through troth.' Mama Mortality Corridos is her first New Zealand book.