Filled with the nuanced beauty and complexity of the everyday --a pot of beans, a goat carcass, embroidered linens, a grandfather's cancer-- A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying journeys through the inherited fear of creation and destruction. The histories of South Texas and its people unfold in Laurie Ann Guerrero's stirring language, including the dehumanisation of men and its consequences on women and children. Guerrero's tongue becomes a palpable border, occupying those liminal spaces that both unite and divide, inviting readers to consider that which is kwn and unkwn: the body. Guerrero explores t just the right, but the ability to speak and fight for oneself, one's children, one's community--in poems that testify how, too often, we fail to see the power reflected in the mirror.
A native of South Texas, Laurie Ann Guerrerois the author of Babies under the Skin, which won the 2008 Panhandler Publishing Chapbook Award.