In her succinct, richly imagistic poetry, Verónica González Arredondo explores the arid desert ecosystems in which she spent her childhood, as well as themes related to: immigration, social justice, femicide, perilous border crossings, and the vanishings of countless girls and women in northern Mexico who were making the journey across harsh terrain toward the United States border. She writes about extinction and survival, disappearing landscapes, displaced peoples, and the inhospitable climate—physically and politically—that remain in their wake. Her work merits consideration for publication in English today, more than ever, considering the devastating impact of current U.S. border policies on immigrant children, women and families.
Although her books have previously been translated into French and Portuguese, I Am Not That Body, is the first time her work has been translated into English.
VERÓNICA GONZÁLEZ ARREDONDO (Guanajuato, Mexico) holds a PhD in Arts from the Universidad de Guanajuato and a Master’s in Philosophy from the Universidad de Zacatecas. She has received several prestigious Latin American literary awards, including Mexico’s National Ramón López Velarde Prize in Poetry, for her book of poems Ese cuerpo no soy (Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas) as well as the Dolores Castro Prize in Poetry, an annual prize awarded to a woman writing exceptional and socially conscious work in Spanish, for her book Verde Fuegos de Espíritus (Ayuntamiento de Aguascalientes).
Trigger Fingers is a collection of poems rising from and returning to the author’s personal experience. The collection deals with life. It’s a reflection on pain, on people, and on events. It’s Moore's experience of being a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces, providing humanitarian aid in Haiti, and working with young offenders on the fierce streets of Moncton, New Brunswick. Gritty, amusing, and inspiring, these poems are vulnerable and leave everything on the page.
GERALD ARTHUR MOORE is an adventurer, part-time university lecturer, high school teacher, and a rugby coach living in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. NON-Publishing released his first book of poetry Shatter the Glass, Shards of Flame in 2018. His work has appeared in Queen’s Quarterly, Vallum, The Antigonish Review, The Nashwaak Review, The Dalhousie Review, Qwerty, Off the Coast, Prairie Fire, Boston Poetry Magazine, and Quills. Moore is also a playwright, most recently of Just Another School Shooting (Heartland Plays).
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