while they sleep (under the bed is another country)

while they sleep (under the bed is another country)

while they sleep (under the bed is another country) refuses to sweep up the shards of Hurricane María’s aftermath. Written in dialogic fragments and intersped with prose poems reflecting on the lasting impact of colonial trauma, it is arranged around the two different discourses. The bed on which America sleeps, and which America has made, is built on the fear that the nations it...

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Title:while they sleep (under the bed is another country)
Author:Raquel Salas Rivera
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  • Mariela Diaz

    Definitely captures the crisis.

  • Jared Levine

    Raquel captures the crisis in Puerto Rico post hurricane with such great urgency. Conceptually, and politically, this one of the best books to come out this year. The juxtaposition of the spanish text under the english text, not as a mirror or translation, is greatly compelling to me. Where the English text often feels vague and toeing around the crisis, the Spanish feels more acutely enumerated with strife. The book itself isn’t divided into to poems, per se, but the pages are mostly left fairl

    Raquel captures the crisis in Puerto Rico post hurricane with such great urgency. Conceptually, and politically, this one of the best books to come out this year. The juxtaposition of the spanish text under the english text, not as a mirror or translation, is greatly compelling to me. Where the English text often feels vague and toeing around the crisis, the Spanish feels more acutely enumerated with strife. The book itself isn’t divided into to poems, per se, but the pages are mostly left fairly sparse. Where Raquel shines as a poet the most, are the more dense, page long passages—sparsely scattered throughout the book.

  • Carla Sofia Sofia

    I've never read anything like this. Salas Rivera is changing the game- the use of footnotes as structure/form and setting up the narratives of bilingualism against translation are so talented and thoughtful. Grateful for their vision.

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