A Song of Dismantling poems

“The fragile opulence of Fernando Pérez’s first collection lyrically glides . . . his poetic . . . delivers a politically necessary flower to Latin@ Poetic with the needed ‘poison behind pretty’ to transport the reader deep into the languageless horizons of exilic consciousness.”

—J. Michael Martinez, author of Heredities

 

“These poems move fluidly through transnational spaces; Pérez carefully breaks apart—syllable by syllable—the stories we’ve been told and sutures them back together again, different. Images turn and turn again with freshness.”—Jane Wong, author of Overpour

“A Song of Dismantling is a marvelous debut. . . . Pérez knows that for us Latinx the personal has always been political. Indeed, the speaker’s abuelita, both curandera and familial warrior, will tell us ‘how she shared / a pillow with a rifle.’ . . . These poems bring me hope that our ancestors remain with us as we struggle ever forward. I am grateful for this book.”—Jenn Givhan, author of Landscape with Headless Mama

 

“Fernando Pérez shows how we are sums of a past that both tethers and strangles us, that enriches as much as it drains. . . . Pérez’s poems are ballads that resurrect the violent passions and hungers that we need to feel whole. A Song of Dismantling is as beautiful as it is gut wrenching.”—Maceo Montoya, author of The Deportation of Wopper Barraza