A Grave Is Given Supper
A Grave Is Given Supper

A Narco-Acid Western told in a series of interlinked poems, Soto's striking debut collection follows the converging paths of two protagonists through El Sumidero, a fictional US/Mexico border town where an ongoing drug war is raging. The surreal verse of Soto's poems portrays a bleak political climate as it coincides with the rituals of love & loss, culture & spirituality, & the quest for a better life at all costs. Following the narrative arc of Alejandro Jodorowsky's classic cult film, El Topo, A Grave is Given Supper builds a world saturated with a mystical aura that describes the finite tensions & complicated desires of lives taking place in the borderland.

"Soto drives a relentless narrative from poem to poem... a narrative composed of equal parts joy and rage."-- The Literary Review

"Soto eases into discomfort and renders it stunning."-- Katy Dycus, The Wild Detectives

"There is a deep, inescapable sadness in many of Mike Soto's poems but it is a sadness for the world and never himself. It's wrong to stereotype poets, even positively, but I think Soto's Mexican literary heritage is deep in his bone marrow. It's a rich, earthly, mystical tradition in which to have one's taproots. These poems of light and life are compressed, but never crushed."-- Thomas Lux

Title A Grave Is Given Supper
Author Mike Soto
Publisher Deep Vellum Publishing
Title First Published 28 July 2020
Format Paperback
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 164605010X
ISBN-13 9781646050109
Publication Date 28 July 2020
Weight 16 oz.

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