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 identities they
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.