Ghost Fishing: Eco-Justice Poetry: Melissa Tuckey and Brenda Cárdenas (2018)

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The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, co-sponsored with Letras Latinas, presented Ghost Fishing: Eco-justice Poetry: Melissa Tuckey and Brenda Cardenas on October 05, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre. Aligned with environmental justice activism and thought, the anthology Ghost Fishing describes eco-justice poetry as a way of recognizing environment as home - “the place we work, live, play, and worship.” Letras Latinas is the literary initiative at University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies.

Melissa Tuckey

Melissa Tuckey.

Melissa Tuckey, editor of Ghost Fishing, is co-founder of Split This Rock, an organization dedicated to poetry of provocation and witness, as well as co-translator of a book of poems by contemporary Chinese poet Yang Zi. Her poetry collection Tenuous Chapel was selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Prize.

Brenda Cárdenas

Brenda Cárdenas.

Brenda Cárdenas's books of poetry are From the Tongues of Brick and Stone and Boomerang. With verse that shifts between English and Spanish, her poetry captures her reverence for the natural world. Her work appears in several anthologies and journals, including The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry.

Reviews and excerpts

From "Zacuanpapalotls"

We are—

one life passing through the prism

of all others, gathering color and song,

cempazuchil and drum

to leave a rhythm scattered on the wind,

dust tinting the tips of fingers

as we slip into our new light.

From Boomerang. Copyright © 2009 by Brenda Cárdenas. Reprinted by permission of Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe.