Güera by Rebecca Gaydos

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Invoking a Mexican slang term that translates roughly as “white girl,” Güera considers how the body’s meaning as a racialized, gendered, and sexualized surface shifts as it crosses linguistic and national borders. Gaydos’s disarmingly direct addresses slip between the spaces of story and reality, traversing the many meanings of “appearance”: not only the physical image and its attendant assumptions, but also the act of arriving or becoming visible. Moving between Los Angeles, Oaxaca, Mexico City, and Talcott, Virginia, Güera traces the way touristic desire, folklore, and stereotype transform the languages we speak and the bodies we inhabit.

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REBECCA GAYDOS was born in Santa Barbara, California. At U. C. Berkeley, she won the Eisner Prize in Poetry and earned her PhD in English. She has taught literature and writing at Diablo Valley College, San Quentin State Prison, and U. C. Berkeley. In addition to writing poetry, she is editing an unpublished novella by poet Larry Eigner and completing a scholarly book on the significance of technoscientific thought in post-World War II American poetry.
Published October 4, 2016 by Omnidawn. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Edgy, energized, and sexually frank, this debut collection explores identity, representation, and racial and gender exploitation through the image of the güera, Mexican slang for "white girl." As the title poem says, "nobody could translate güera into white girl/ not straight up but by a twist in...

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