For Want of Water and Other Poems Read Online Free - Searing verses set on the Mexican border about war and addiction, love and sexual violence, grief and loss, from an American Book Award-winning author. Selected by Gregory Pardlo as winner of the National Poetry Series.
El Paso is one of the safest cities in the United States, while across the river, Ciudad Juarez suffers a history of femicides and a horrific drug war. Witnessing this, a Filipina's life unravels as she tries to love an addict, the murders growing just a city--but the breadth of a country--away. This collection weaves the personal with recent history, the domestic with the tragic, asking how much -a body will hold, - reaching from the border to the poet's own Philippines. These poems thirst in the desert, want for water, searching the brutal and tender territories between bodies, families, and nations.
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September 01, 2017
Pimentel's poems are searingly evocative, emotive, bleak, dark, and packed to the brim with violence and heartbreak. There is a sensual feel to the whole, too; she weaves together so many themes and emotions in rather a masterful way. For Want of Water almost bubbles over with its grief, and is i...
June 06, 2017
This collection of 50+ poems are certainly a moving and at times harrowing account of the lives affected in the dangerous areas threatened by drugs and crimes. Some of the poems are more like short notes and some are similar to the Japanese haiku. But all resonates the deep suffering the writers...
January 27, 2018
Though there are Pimentel's lyrical, imagistic voice is crystallized brilliantly in a few these poems, in the rest it doesn't quite all come together. Her idiosyncratic diction can be cumbersome at times, and her metaphors are often frustratingly opaque. That being said, even the poems that didn'...
January 08, 2018
5 stars for the border poems about Ciudad Juárez, and the ones about her mother and father, but the poems she wrote about getting divorced and getting married to a guy who is also getting divorced are some of the most solipsistic and tone-deaf poems I have read in quite some time.
June 10, 2017
Pimentel's writing is lovely, but I'm afraid that most of the imagery and meaning went right over my head. Definitely didn't help my self-confidence when it comes to "getting" poetry.
(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss.)
May 31, 2017
This was beautifully written, and very evocative. I'm generally not a poetry person, but I did enjoy this.
February 06, 2018
Review to come.