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J. Estanislao Lopez

We Borrowed Gentleness

Estanislao Lopez’s poetry has been published in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, the Rumpus, and Poetry magazine, and has appeared in anthologies such as BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext and The Bedford Compact Introduction to Literature. He earned an MFA from Warren Wilson Program for Writers and lives in Houston.

We Borrowed Gentleness is a book of poems interrogating the power structures we inherit and the patriarchal violence that embeds itself in language and cultural memory. However, the book leaves open the question of whether man, men, a father and son, are redeemable. And yet there are poems that find, still, bits of joy and perhaps a shred of hope. 

October 24, 6:30 - 7:30pm, Monday

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Omotara James + J. Estanislao Lopez

A profound and intersectional text, Song of My Softening is a queer, fat, love song of the interior. Poems study the ever-changing relationship with oneself, while also investigating the relationship that the world and nation has with Black queerness. This book is a window into what perseverance looks like, un-gilded, a mirror for anyone born into a culture outside of their identity, who has survived alienation, violation, depression, and systematized oppression.

We Borrowed Gentleness is a book of poems interrogating the power structures we inherit and the patriarchal violence that embeds itself in language and cultural memory. However, the book leaves open the question of whether man, men, a father and son, are redeemable. And yet there are poems that find, still, bits of joy and perhaps a shred of hope.

6:30-7:30 p.m., virtual

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