Blurb for Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares
Torres-Tama, José. Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares. New Orleans: Diálogos Books, 2014.
Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares is José Torres-Tama’s gift of fire, a rich series of poems that admonish: Usted tiene que arreglar sus asuntos con la historia. His poems burn us into recognitions, giving back to us interlocked dreams and nightmares necessary for making new worlds in the contexts of the Americas, His strong poems announce his engagement with life and languages, his wit, his surgical ironies. They assure us that Torres-Tama is “un hombre bajo la piel de otra tierra” in the tradition of Langston Hughes, Eduardo Galeano, Amiri Baraka and Ernesto Cardenal. His gift is an epistemology for a needful time.
Jerry W. Ward, Jr.