Galapagos: Islas Encantadas
Inspired by a trip to the Galapagos, Galapagos: Islas Encantadas is both a narrative and a meditation on these islands—their natural beauty, unique animals, and people who visit for leisure or commerce. Modeled on William Blake’s work, this book features poems of innocence that reflect the islands’ wonder and of experience that reflect harsh realities. The photographs accompanying every poem enable readers to visualize this extraordinary environment. A finely crafted book to be read and reread.
This captivating book tells the story of a young white girl and her family moving from the Bronx in the 1960s and of the Bronx she never left behind. Her personal story is juxtaposed with the historical forces—planned neighborhood destruction, arson, the drug epidemic—that ravaged the borough. Yet the borough’s resilience, manifested in the birth of hip hop, spoken word poetry, and community acts of resistance—eventually prevail. The Bronx has survived to face new challenges. The many voices in this book are sometimes angry, sometimes frightened, sometimes determined; but they are always voices that demand our attention.
The House I'm Running From
In these well-honed, understated poems, Michelle Tokarczyk makes us feel the dull chill of poverty, the parched deprivation of " a world without primary colors," the subtle humiliation of the working class in America. The "I" of these poems is a young woman, a duaghter of the "house," trying to imagine--and achieve--another sort of life. These are fine poems: sometimes startling, sometimes tender, sometimes witty, always hard hitting and powerful.
Working-Class Women in the Academy: Laborers in the Knowledge Factory
The twenty pieces in this collection are written by women academics from working-class families who interrogate their position. Among the questions the contributors explore are: What are the issues--personal, theoretical,and pedagogical--that affect their professional and private lives? How do they resolve tensions between their roles as middle-class professional and their roots in working-class families? How do class and gender intersect in the academy?