The astonishing second collection by the author of Slow Lightning, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize
- “Corral nimbly bridges the personal and political, evoking themes of migration to ask what it means to be unwanted.”—New York Times Book Review, New & Noteworthy
our last name
all over my body.
I try to recall the taste of Pablo’s sweat.
Wet dirt, sí.
I stuff English
into my mouth, spit out chingaderas.
Have it your way.
Home of the Whopper.
for the border. ¡Aguas! The mirror
—from “Testaments Scratched into a Water Station Barrel”
In the sequence “Testaments Scratched into a Water Station Barrel,” with Corral’s seamless integration of Spanish and English, poems curve around the surfaces upon which they are written, overlapping like graffiti left by those who may or may not have survived crossing the border. A harrowing second collection, Guillotine solidifies Corral’s place in the expanding ecosystem of American poetry.
Eduardo Corral appearing virtually at Changing Hands Bookstore
In conversation wirh Ocean Voung. This event will be streamed via Zoom.
- “Devastating and electrifying. . . . Shot through with the dark realities of human tragedy, Corral’s latest is a virtuosic compendium of grief."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
- “A master artist. . . . Only a poet as skilled as Corral could connect rejection from the US nation-state with unrequited love to such effect. Carefully code switching between Spanish and English, Corral is a poet to be studied for his radical contributions to the American canon.”—Natalie Scenters-Zapico
- “Eduardo C. Corral’s ravishing new collection begins with a ceremony of touch-hunger and self-abnegation. . . . An erotics of loneliness, a deep song of exile, of indefinable yearning. At times, even the text itself blurs. It’s as if I am reading through smoke, through tears.”—Diane Seuss, author of Four-Legged Girl and Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl
- “These poems step ‘into the grit / & whirl’ of the desert like a fervent saint: devotional, rhapsodic, divine. . . . Guillotine is a timely, excoriating, and captivating book born of perilous times.”—D. A. Powell