From odes to drag, to pushing back on the tyranny of patriarchy, to loving too hard and too queer, to growing up working-class in a time of incessant border violence and incarceration, this collection combusts with blood and fuel. In other words, Vértiz writes to dissolve a colonial engine and reconstruct a new vessel with its remains.
The poems in Vértiz’s second collection of poetry are “sometimes a body, sometimes flesh,” exploring “what it means to repair, to remake, to keep going even when rebuilding feels impossible.” As usual, the Tongva, Gabrielino, and Chumash territories we call Los Angeles is the backdrop and protagonist.
The University of Notre Dame Press is thrilled to publish her newest poetry collection, Auto/Body (February 2023), as part of the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry.
INTERVIEWS AND BOOK REVIEWS
- Auto/Body Book Review, by DIEGO BÁEZ, Jan. 23, 2023, Harriet Books, The Poetry Foundation,
- An Interview with Vickie Vértiz, Author of “Auto/Body”
Jan. 18, 2023 , University of Notre Dame Press