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“Lima :: Limón,” Poetry by Natalie Scenters-Zapico


This thin, ferocious book of poetry is one you’ll want to savor in bits. Especially if you identify with the passages in the ways I do, as a first-generation Latina, all too familiar with the insidious culture of machismo, and painful legacy of femicide plaguing generations of women in and from Latin America.

Illustration by Angelica Alzona via The New Yorker

The author of my new favorite book, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, refers to herself as a “fronteriza” hailing from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A., and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. The incoming professor at the University of Puget Sound published her first collection The Verging Cities in 2015 and won the PEN American/Joyce Osterweil Award, GLCA’s New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize, and Utah Book Award. 

Her second book “Lima :: Limón” released this year has already been praised by The New Yorker as “astonishing verbal crossings” among other exceptional raves.

If you need a taste of what to expect, watch the video below of a recent poetry reading and follow her on Instagram @nascenters.


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