Poetry Bilingual edition
140 pages ISBN 978-1-945720-26-0
May 10, 2022
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“Encouragement is a round warm form of resistance,” writes Maricela Guerrero, as if describing her own project. In these powerful and necessary poems, beautifully rendered by Robin Myers, Guerrero reveals a worldwide cellular consciousness that generously offers us rivers of leaves and wolves to feed and clean the heart and its languages. Building furrows of words and speaking in tree, Guerrero creates a poetry to shelter in. In her capable hands and tongue we are carried in rivers of nourishment. It’s exactly what the world needs, and I am flooded with gratitude. For joy, for grace, for tenderness, for righteous grief and its acknowledgment, for inspiration and sustenance, you must read this book.
Maricela Guerrero leads us right back into the classrooms where many of us first encountered the scientific language that opened us to (and distanced us from) the plant kingdom. And she leads us out again, forcing us to confront the territories of devastation before she introduces us, suddenly small, into the cells, the sap in the trees, the shapes of the leaves. Everything pulses and everything shines there: language, connections among the elements, protest. What wise, warm writing by Maricela Guerrero, and what a marvelous English translation by Robin Myers, a poet herself. An essential voice in the eco-poetry being written within the Spanish language today.
—Cristina Rivera Garza
Maricela Guerrero’s The Dream of Every Cell is one of the great collections of the Anthropocene, a bold literary work that captures the complexity and urgency of science and nature in poetic form. In Robin Myers’ skilled translation, one of the major works of contemporary Mexican poetry finds new life and new forms in the English language. The Dream of Every Cell is the perfect bilingual book, a major intervention in the poetic tradition of both languages.
—Ignacio Sánchez Prado
A beautiful book filled with images of nature,
memory, and life itself. The natural world unfolds in Guerrero’s language,
returning to childhood in the figure of Ms. Olmedo, and goes on to gorgeously
depict a world in which political reality, its urban forms, its
interpretations, collide with nature. A lovely book. I know I’ll be seeking out
more of Guerrero’s work. Highly recommended.
If the latest discoveries have shown us the complex networks of communication among plants, Maricela Guerrero's poetry reveals not only this dialogue, but also the creation and development of language and the contact it makes possible: resignifying the linguistic realm through this capacity to realign the world; to remember and recover the wisdom of women kin, teachers, and the language of nature; and to experience the body as a means of understanding our relationship with the world around us.
Guerrero metabolizes the language of science
with the languages of the environment to teach us lessons in attentiveness,
care, and healing. Moreover, she protests ongoing extraction and calls us to
protect the “lungs of the earth.” Reading this book felt like dreaming with
cells, wolves, trees, and rivers in a place where “respiramos juntos” (“we breathe
together”). This bilingual collection is a profound expression of Mexican
—Craig Santos Perez
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maricela Guerrero (Mexico City, 1977) is the author of nine poetry collections. El sueño de toda célula (Ediciones Antílope/Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura, Mexico City, 2018) won the Clemencia Isaura Prize in 2018. Cardboard House Press published her book Kilimanjaro, translated by Stalina Villareal, in 2018. Guerrero has been a member of Mexico’s prestigious SNCA (National System of Artists). Her work has also been translated into German, Swedish, and French.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR
Robin Myers (New York City, 1987) is a poet, translator, and essayist. Recent translations include Copy by Dolores Dorantes (Wave Books, 2022), Another Life by Daniel Lipara (Eulalia Books, 2021), The Science of Departures by Adalber Salas Hernández (Kenning Editions, 2021), Cars on Fire by Mónica Ramón Ríos (Open Letter Books, 2020), The Restless Dead by Cristina Rivera Garza (Vanderbilt University Press, 2020), and Animals at the End of the World by Gloria Susana Esquivel (University of Texas Press, 2020). She lives in Mexico City.