while they sleep (under the bed is another country)

while they sleep (under the bed is another country)

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, Poetry

while they sleep (under the bed is another country) refuses to sweep up the shards of Hurricane María’s aftermath. Written in dialogic fragments and intersped with prose poems reflecting on the lasting impact of colonial trauma, it is arranged around the two different discourses. The bed on which America sleeps, and which America has made, is built on the fear that the nations it has oppressed will rise up against it, a monstrous shadow in a child’s nightmare. Written in English, while they sleep points to a imperialist American identity: the dormant body of the text. Answering in Spanish, under the bed is another country is the footnote, the monster under the bed, the colony: Puerto Rico.

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  • Carla Sofia Sofia

    I've never read anything like this. Salas Rivera is changing the game- the use of footnotes as structure/form and setting up the narratives of bilingualism against translation are so talented and thou...

  • Jared Levine

    Raquel captures the crisis in Puerto Rico post hurricane with such great urgency. Conceptually, and politically, this one of the best books to come out this year. The juxtaposition of the spanish text...

  • Mariela Diaz

    Definitely captures the crisis. ...