Carmen Giménez Smith
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of

Cruel Futures

City Lights Spotlight Series No. 17

Opening reading by Barbara Jane Reyes

A Latina feminist State of the Union address at the intersection of pop culture and interiority.

Cruel Futures, the fifth collection from Latinx feminista Carmen Giménez Smith, is a witchy confessional and wildly imagistic volume that examines subjects as divergent as Alzheimers, Medusa, mumblecore, and mental illness in sharp-witted, taut poems dense with song. Chronicling life on an endangered planet, in a country on the precipice of profound change compelled by a media machine that produces our realities, the book is a high-energy analysis of popular culture, as well as an exploration of the many social roles that women occupy as mother, daughter, lover, and the resulting struggle to maintain personhood—all in a late capitalist America.

Praise for Cruel Futures:

"Cruel Futures is one of those rare books, rare pieces of art, that manages to be extremely intimate, vulnerable and close while also doing a kind of searing cultural critique."––Ross Gay

"Like Neruda in his Plenos Poderes/Full Powers, Giménez Smith has all the mastery she needs to cast a cold eye on her positioning, and ours. In this way Cruel Futures is an autobiography that won't stay in its genre or premise . . . "––Farid Matuk

"The poems in Cruel Futures shimmer with Giménez Smith's lyric attention: full of grit, sharp and knowing."––Hoa Nguyen

 

 


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Cruel Futures
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 17
Carmen Giménez Smith
2018 Edition
A Latina feminist State of the Union address at the intersection of pop culture and interiority.