In this vibrant reflection of sound and word, poet Edwin
Torres reignites the possibilities of poetry. From poems like
“Me No Habla Spic,” a rumination of
life’s major moments, to “Fixative,”
which exercises shifting vantage points, Torres is
nimble—surfing through memory, definition, and forms of
social address. In this new collection, Torres offers some
signature performance pieces for the first time in print.
Ameriscopia reimagines New York
City and its expansive inspirations, which for Torres capture the
contradictions of America. Allusions to the Twin Towers, Coney
Island hot dogs, and the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe
continuously recolor the pages. But even as he makes these iconic
references, Torres allows his poems to invert and refract the
invigorate poetry out of its slumber into a deep cultural urgency.
Torres’s kaleidoscopic vision is borne of decades of
poetic experimentation. Audiences have delighted in his spontaneous
mashups of disparate topic matters; writers have studied his
skilled technique at synthesizing—for example, from a
mundane curbside view to an imagined conversation with artists
Marcel Duchamp and Yves Tanguy.
Torres writes, “I
discovered that, this world uncovered / is like the soul / of The
Puerto Rican man — occupied / by the weight of his
balance.” Ameriscopia is Torres’s statement on
growing up and the inspirational facets that accompany his journey
into fatherhood. From conversations in cars to fast-beat lullabies,
Torres’s poetry taps into rhythms both distinctive and
dynamic. In Ameriscopia Torres is at full force, a poet in control,
a writer emboldened by the page—in flight.