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Over at Guys Lit Wire

Over at Guys Lit Wire today, it's my review of CAMINAR by Skila Brown. A novel in poems about what it was like for a young boy to come of age in Guatemala during the time of political unrest characterized by murders, disappearances, and massacres. It is so darn good, you guys. You REALLY need to read this one. I mean it.

In fact, I love it so much that I'm about to do a ridiculous amount of coding just so you can get a sense of the poems and how they both sing and race. Here are two poems from about 3/4 of the way through the book:

Woke Up in the Dark

I woke up
in my tree
with a   snap
      fast
like something had pinched me
      awaked   I heard
nothing but in front of me I saw
      the owl
perched on the same branch as me
closer than we'd ever been

I knew I could reach out
    touch his feathers
      but I didn't
           I watched him
            watch me
              for a while then I
                closed my eyes
                 smelled his scent
                  warm   soft   full
                    from a night
                     of hunting
                      I wondered
                    where he had
                     been, what
                      he had seen,
                     what
                     he had
                    killed
            "Whoo!"

He called me
awake, pulled my eyes open,
stared into my face, calling,
like he was speaking right to
me.     It made
my heart   thump   in my chest and
suddenly
      I was afraid.

He looked
at me, gave a hoot, dove
into the night.     I gripped
my tree, caught
my great, strained my ears to hear.

      He was gone.

But far away
in the sky
I could hear thunder.

Not Thunder




helicopters


Like I said, you need to read this book.



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