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ISBN-10: 1946724483
ISBN-13: 9781946724489
Publisher: Acre Books
Publish Date: 02/18/2022
Dimensions: 8.82" L, 5.83" W, 0.32" H

Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking: Poems

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The coming-of-age chronicle of a queer Latinx Southerner.

In C. T. Salazar’s striking debut poetry collection, the speaker is situated in the tradition of Southern literature but reimagines its terrain with an eye on the South’s historic and ongoing violence. His restless relationship with religion (“a child told me there was a god / and because he was smiling, I believed him”) eventually includes a reclamation of the language of belief in the name of desire. “I felt myself become gospel in your hands,” the speaker tells his beloved. And, as the title poem asserts, a headless body “leaves more room for salvation.”

Though Salazar’s South is not a tender place, the book is a petition for tenderness, revealing in both place and people the possibilities for mercy, vulnerability, and wonder. The lyric I, as it creates an archive of experience, is not distanced from the poems’ subjects or settings, but deeply enmeshed in a tangled world. In poems with lush diction, ranging from a sonnet crown to those that explore the full field of the page, Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking seeks–and finds–where the divine resides: “Praise our hollow-bell bodies still ringing.”

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"Having a title that conjures disquieting and curious imagery, C.T. Salazar's debut full-length collection of poems, Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking, sparks interest in a reader before the book is even opened. To say that these poems are gorgeous is both an understatement and a simplification of what is contained within the pages. In Salazar's book, the reader is transported into a world encompassed with juxtaposition - harsh violence and decay against the hope of redemption and a hint of dream-like beauty. . . . Life is often cruel, and in Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking, Salazar doesn't back away from this, but he gives us small glimpses of the ways life is also gentle. In this stunning debut, Salazar asks us to consider whether salvation is worth the sacrifice. He explores the idea of balancing dark with light. Yes, these are gorgeous poems that are often transcendent, and yes, they are wrapped in barbed wire, but they are worth returning to again and again."– "The Poetry Question"
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ISBN-10: 1946724483
ISBN-13: 9781946724489
Publisher: Acre Books
Publish Date: 02/18/2022
Dimensions: 8.82" L, 5.83" W, 0.32" H
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