Kenning Editions is proud to announce the publication of The Dirty Text by acclaimed Afro-Cuban poet Soleida Ríos, in a fully bilingual edition translated by Barbara Jamison and Olivia Lott, and featuring an afterword by Kristin Dykstra. This book is edited by Daniel Borzutzky.
The Dirty Text (El Texto Sucio) is Ríos’s first book to appear in English. Written in the 1990s in Cuba, it is a book of poems, a book of stories and, most vividly, a book of dreams. As poet Rosa Alcalá writes, Ríos’ writings are “indescribable manifestations of a poetics unfastened to mode, genre, or category.” In this book, human eyes appear beneath other human eyes, snakes materialize with three heads, and the bodies of loved ones duplicate, disintegrate or speak to ghosts and Gods. It is a book about the possibilities of language and literature to articulate our relationship to the communities we occupy and the communities we imagine, a book that disentangles the lines between our conscious lives and our unconscious lives, what we imagine and what we experience.