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A map of home and the relationship with South Texas, of death and ghosts and the river. Poems that speak to that space that exists between borders, of finding home and writing our own history. Noemi Martinez is a writer, historian and cultural worker who weaves historical accounts of border deaths and loving the landscape that kills so many that look like her.
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South Texas Experience: Love Letters is a collection of words and photos on loving South Texas and Texas, despite the bones and pain that are born on Texas soil. Of looking for seasons and bordered tongues and dreaming of bones and gray flowers. When I talk about South Texas I usually mean San Antonio and below. And specifically the experience of being of Texas, South Texas, of being Latina and being of a place, loving a place that kills so many that look like me-that is the experience. Saying this is home but this is also the place that kills us. And wants to erase us.
See more information at hermanaresistpress.com/product/stletters/ South Texas Experience: Love Letters is dedicated to Juanita Garza, a chingona mujer historian from the Rio Grande Valley who died in 2011. Her work focused on the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo, influences of of Native American and indigenous people of Mexico to the cultures of the Rio Grande Valley. She worked to ensure the heritage and history of our people here in the RGV would not be forgotten and that history involving the culture of Mexican-Americans should be collected and taught. She had an open door policy and was never afraid to tell us the truth of European and white influence in how history is recorded, within the constraints of teaching at an institution where institutional racism was and is the norm. She lived in Weslaco and her father was born in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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