By Alba Cruz-Hacker
In “Update on Leda and the Swan,” Alba Cruz-Hacker begins, ‘A
kick-ass blow: a giant wing’s turned weak,/ trapped by the
heel of a patent leather boot,’ turning both Yeats and Zeus on
their heads in a sonnet as wisely parodic as it is elegantly composed.
It is tempting, therefore, to call ‘kick-ass’ the impressive
debut by this Dominican-American poet, but that would hardly serve the
range and richness of a collection by turns earthy and polished, angry
and meditative, confessional and political, sensual and acutely intellectual. No
Honey for Wild Beasts is a complete and stunning accomplishment in itself,
but it is also radiant with the promise of a brilliant career.
B. H. Fairchild, author of Early Occult Memory Systems
of the Lower Midwest
No Honey for Wild Beasts is an anthem, heart song, lamentation, and freedom
cry. In skillfully wrought, passionate, and searingly honest poems, Alba
Cruz-Hacker explores the exaltations of women’s experiences, as well as exposing their
darker depths. As a woman ‘straddling’ several cultures, she confronts
the painful legacies of colonial rule and racism. She also pays homage to the
struggles of disempowered individuals in China, the Middle East, and elsewhere,
who fight for equality, justice, and humane treatment. Though she perceives herself
as a “hybrid,” Cruz-Hacker is truly a borderless Everywoman, a poet
extending Walt Whitman’s democratized vision and Derek Walcott’s
moral compass and lush Caribbean lyricism. With her rage and outrage, tenderness
and vulnerability, devastating insight and luminous mythologizing, her presence
in contemporary letters is one we need like a life raft. Her poetry takes us
to unchartered territory, to islands of turbulent discovery and ultimate recovery.
Maurya Simon, author of Ghost
Speaking in Tongues
Alba Cruz-Hacker writes with a fierce aesthetic and a compassionate
engagement with the world. The journey these poems invite you on is
necessary and compelling.
Chris Abani, author of Kalakuta
Song For Night
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 04 November, 2008.