SCAR ON / SCAR OFF: POEMS BY JENNIFER MARITZA MCCAULEY (PREORDER)

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October 2017 (PREORDER) with ‘I AM A REBEL LANGUAGE’ button.
Paperback, 80 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9991152-0-6

Jennifer Maritza McCauley’s ‘Scar On/Scar Off’ runs the borderlands of mestiza consciousness, by turns neon-lit and beating, defiant and clashing, searching and struggling, in fistfuls of recognition, in constant pursuit of intersections and dualities. Drawing on Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, Toni Morrison, Claudia Rankine, and the inspirations of her late friend Monica A. Hand, through polyglossia and hybrid text, McCauley evokes vividly the relationships between psyche and city, identity and language. In the rhythm and snap of these poems and fragmentary stories, we find echoes of Sarah Webster Fabio, Beyonce, flamenco, Nikki Giovanni, street slang, danger and hope. This is a profound collection, a rebel language.

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“No matter which genre you want to prowl, McCauley’s there, at home and decidedly not with words whose kinship has been thrust upon them, and whose new reals she has taken up the mantle of honoring and ameliorating. How fortunate we are that our recognition of discomfort and pain in constant acclimation is softened by her curiosity and graciousness with even the prickliest of it. How much better suited we are, when we listen, to being the citizens of the future we need now to be.”
—Marc McKee, author of ‘Fuse’ and ‘Bewilderness’ (Black Lawrence Press)

“Jennifer Maritza McCauley’s poetry breaks my heart. It’s so, so fantastic.”
—Joanna C. Valente, author of ‘Marys of the Sea’ (The Operating System)

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