Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives by Verónica Reyes
Chopper! Chopper! reflects the lives of Mexican Americans, immigrants, and la jotería--malfloras, jotos, and other rainbow communities--across many generations. As vividly as Mexican Technicolor, these poems capture life in the barrio: vendors hauling carts with elote, raspados, botes y más. Vatos fighting to exist. Summer evenings, children playing in the calles of East L.A., El Paso, Toronto, of bordered tierras everywhere. Reyes's work exudes the pride, strength, turmoil and struggle of neighborhoods brimming with tradition and invention. These homegrown verses reveal the barrio in all its intricate layers. Reveling in difference, they fight to make room for something new: marimacha poetry.