“there is much to inspire awe and provoke reflection.”
Speaking Wiri Wiri
, has quickly become one of my favorite books of poems from a contemporary Latino poet.
I think it's fantastic.”
Daniel Chacón, Words On A Wire
“The poetry of Dan Vera is clear, strong, honest and funny. He’s the sharp-eyed observer in the corner who doesn’t say much, but makes every word count. He handles the political and the personal with equal grace, even as the lines blur.
Dan Vera is damn good company. You’ll see.
couldn't come at a better time
, with immigration reform and LGBT issues at the forefront of the national debate.”
“Vera writes so we know how it was for him, and that makes us more alive too. He makes story link to poetry so that it matters to others. He allows the writing to evolve voluntarily and doesn’t push to persuade; letting people, sights, tastes, smells do the talking.”
Washington Independent Review of Books
“Full of longing and bittersweet humor, these poems are
lyrical, narrative, poignant, and always powerful.
In his own search for who and what he really is, Vera has given us a true portrait of the confused and often contradictory place that is modern America.”
“Vera does not shy away from challenging dominant notions of separateness and togetherness, celebrating the beauty of border-crossing weeds and “all the names we give to [their] persistence.”
“so much of Vera’s work is about a simultaneous “splitness” and “togetherness” — between Cuba and the United States; between English and Spanish; between revering history and lamenting its fallout.”
“a prescient understanding of the copious interplay between language and culture,
made more lush still by the mediation of his Romantic imagination.
“a cohesive voice and message...fascinated with language and memory”
Living Out Long Island
“These poems evoke the various ways that language exiles us and embodies the indelible past — who we are, where we came from, how we know.”
“a careful look at the untraceable impacts of the words that surround us. Each of us—whether we mean to or not—looks back to find out where we are and why we are what we are. Dan Vera’s new collection
operates as a kind of soulful blueprint
for this search.”
“It is language--how it shapes us, how it creates contested space, and how it can link or divide us--that Vera explores in this book.”
Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
“Writing with authority, assurance and passion,
Speaking Wiri Wiri
earns Vera his rightful place alongside his poetry heroes, living and dead.
“If I were in the classroom, I'd want to teach this book, to talk to students about the challenges and rewards of writing poetry that illustrates, as Adrienne Rich said, that the personal is political. And that we can learn from well-crafted poems, poems with narrative impulse and image, about what matters.”
“profound knowledge of the interconnected layers of culture, politics, and history reverberates throughout Vera’s poems.”
“When reading Dan Vera, we are married to the 3 hearts of poetry: intelligence, style, and honor. This is the most satisfying book of poems we can read if we want to witness language with a real poet as its servant.”