To love and mourn in the age of displacement by Alan Pelaez Lopez
Classroom guide and introduction written by author inside. An elegy and a celebration, TO LOVE AND MOURN IN THE AGE OF DISPLACEMENT by Alan Pelaez Lopez is an attempt to "make a / world anew" via the conjuring properties of poetry. Alan Pelaez Lopez reflects on what it means to embody a multidimensional existence as Black and Indigenous in an empire committed to maintain the global circuit of anti-Blackness paired with settler violence. By mediating death, fragmented romantic encounters, and the news, the collection insists/argues/declares that those who have survived (/are surviving) structural violence "create abundance where [one] thought there was none." In such declaration, the poet refuses a single-story of violence in order to make space for an AfroIndigenous future rooted in kinship and mourning practices.