Announcing (Dis)placement by Esteban Rodríguez

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Skull + Wind Press is super stoked to announce we will be publishing Esteban Rodríguez’s second collection (Dis)placement in Fall 2020!

Esteban Rodríguez is the author of Dusk & Dust (Hub City Press, 2019) and the micro-chapbook Soledad (Ghost City Press, 2019). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in New England Review, Shenandoah, The Rumpus, TriQuarterly, The Gettysburg Review, The Acentos Review, and elsewhere with poems also featured as part of Poetry Daily. He is the Interviews Editor at the EcoTheo Review and is a regular reviews contributor at PANK and Heavy Feather Review. Rodríguez received his MFA from The University of Texas-Pan American and lives with his family in Austin, Texas where he also teaches.

Of Rodríguez’s first book, Dusk & Dust, Javier Zamora, author of Unaccompanied, said:

Dusk & Dust begins with the building of a home, a metaphor from which the book unravels a lasting picture of a childhood along the US-Mexico border. The reader finds themselves in multiple vessels that can “act” as homes: barbershops, circus, flea-market, a body, a mouth, butcher shop, fields, taxidermy, etc. What belongs inside and what belongs outside these containers is constantly getting blurred. The range is huge, and as Rodríguez says, “the world can be reduced to the smallest space and the most uncomplicated people.” But there is nothing uncomplicated or simple about this beautiful important debut that instructs that “breaking something, anything, is the quickest way to make it ours."

In his second book, (Dis)placement, Rodríguez explores the hazardous journeys across borders and landscapes many are forced to undertake when violence, destruction, and the constant fear of death are subjected upon a land and people. His language is evocative and lyrical, and challenges the reader to confront the reality of suffering, (Dis)placement unveils the harm inflicted upon bodies and terrains, and documents the will to survive in the face of hopelessness and loss.

To support the publication of (Dis)placement and all of our 2020 Skull + Wind books please consider donating to the press on our Fractured Atlas fundraiser! We hope you will take advantage of our new 75 for $75 reward with books contribute by Graywolf Press, Copper Canyon Press, Alice James Books, and a bunch of our other favorite small poetry presses!

Poems from (Dis)placement

Blackbox Manifold 
minor literature[s]
Puerto del Sol

Other poems: 

Cold Mountain Review

Trevor Ketner