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By Natalie Scenters-Zapico
The border in Scenters-Zapico’s The Verging Cities exists in a visceral position the place the true is (sur)real. In those poems mouths converse suspended from ceilings, numbered steel poles mark the border and fanatics’ spines, and towns scream to one another at evening via fences that “ooze simply silt.” This daring new imaginative and prescient of border existence among what has been named the most secure urban within the usa and the homicide capital of the realm is in deep dialog with different border poets—Benjamin Alire Saenz, Gloria Anzaldúa, Alberto Ríos, and Luis Alberto Urrea—while constructing itself as a brand new and haunting interpretation of the border as a verge, the start of 1 factor and the top of one other in consistent cycle.
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