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Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry

Winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition, selected by Cornelius Eady--an exploration in verse of imperial appropriation and Mexican American cultural identity

The poems in J. Michael Martinez's third collection of poetry circle around how the perceived body comes to be coded with the trans-historical consequ
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Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Penguin Books
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Roxane
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating, layered collection of poetry that blurs genre in some really interesting ways. Martinez offers, as the title suggests, a museum of the Americas, and especially engages with Mexican migration and its effect on the body. Given the goings on of the world, this poetry is especially timely. Real standouts include Skin Maps, On the Naturalization of Alien Immigrants and Bodies of 3 Men Lying As They Fell After Being Executed (that one is stunning). But really, every poem or pros ...more
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This poetry collection, while on the NBA longlist, did not make the shortlist. There are some excellent poems here, but a few that played with form were not as good to me. Many of the poems, however, give a strong message about the Mexican-American experience and the treatment of indigenous peoples in US history. 3.5⭐ ...more
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Provided by #netgalley for an unbiased review. I want to say that, though I didn't personally enjoy this book, I can see how and why it was nominated for the National Book Award.

Museum of the Americas, a book of very originally formatted poetry, is cavernous instead of deep and colorful in both attractive and unattractive ways. Museum of the Americas also wades through the hot-button issue of immigration from the immigrant's perspective. This is in no way light reading, which should come as no s
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J. Michael Martinez was born and raised in Greeley, CO. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and received an M.F.A. from George Mason University.

His poems have appeared in New American Writing, Five Fingers Review, The Colorado Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others, and the anthology Junta: Avant-Garde Latino/a Writing. He is the recipient of the 2006 Five Fingers Review
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