Tripas: Poems (Georgia Review Books) (Paperback)
National Book Award, 2023 LonglistWith Tripas, Brandon Som follows up his award-winning debut with a book of poems built out of a multicultural, multigenerational childhood home, in which he celebrates his Chicana grandmother, who worked nights on the assembly line at Motorola, and his Chinese American father and grandparents, who ran the family corner store. Enacting a c mo se dice poetics, a dialogic poem-making that inventively listens to heritage languages and transcribes family memory, Som participates in a practice of mem(oir), placing each poem's ear toward a confluence of history, labor, and languages, while also enacting a kind of "telephone" between cultures. Invested in the circuitry and circuitous routes of migration and labor, Som's lyricism weaves together the narratives of his transnational communities, bringing to light what is overshadowed in the reckless transit of global capitalism and imagining a world otherwise--one attuned to the echo in the hecho, the oracle in the rale.
BRANDON SOM is the author of The Tribute Horse, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook Babel's Moon. He lives on the unceded land of the Kumeyaay Nation and is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of California San Diego.