- Finalist for the 2021 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry
perseverance might be the trait you’re known for.
How swiftly you sloped downwards to pick up
the carcasses floating just above the bloodstained
surface of your old neighborhood. In the laboratory,
the paleontologists will use radiometric dating
to zoom into what bequeathed you that agency to fly.
This one might have outlasted all the others,
they’ll say. Might have even seen each one disappear
behind a bolt of fire blasted from who knows where.
Roy Guzmán reading from CATRACHOS as part of the Green Roof Poetry Series presented by the Walker Art Center
With torrin a. greathouse, Marlin M. Jenkins, and Sun Yung Shin. Presented with Graywolf Press, Coffee House Press, Milkweed Editions, and Mizna. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale from Black Garnet Books starting at 6:00 PM.
- “Poems of resilience, invention, and queerness call on pop culture, immigrant stories, and an imagined dinosaur called the ‘Queerodactyl’ for a work of humor and heart.”—Minnesota Monthly
- "Who more than queer people—especially queer people of color—know what it’s like to dance in the face of danger, to sashay away in the face of extinction, to love in the face of stolen liberties? . . . The emergence of a powerful new force."—O, The Oprah Magazine
- “Marked by poems that are lyrical and syntactically daring. . . . [Catratchos] nods to the perseverance of excavating a queer self and giving it flight.”—Library Journal
- "[Catrachos] is a courageous polemic against a growing moral bankruptcy in America, as well as a tender personal story delivered with effortless lyricism."—Publishers Weekly