Today's poem is "What You Believe"
from The Lesser Tragedy of Death

Black Goat

Cristina Garcia is the author of several novels including Dreaming in Cuban and A Handbook to Luck, anthologies, and books for young readers. The Lesser Tragedy of Death is her first collection of poetry. Garcia's work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into a dozen languages. She is a Visiting Professor and Black Mountain Institute Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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About The Lesser Tragedy of Death:

"The Lesser Tragedy of Death is a brave and moving tribute to a brother gone astray. With skill, unflinching honesty, and redemptive compassion, Cristina Garcia tracks his marvelous, complex, and errant life . . . These poems are the beautiful, painful, astonishing result of a journey to hell and back in search of the brother she loves. With this first book of poems, Cristina Garcia, one of our best novelists and storytellers, proves herself to be a talented poet as well."
—Julia Alvarez

"Cristina Garcia has the courage to look tragedy in the eye without flinching . . . In spare, luminous brushstrokes of language, Garcia paints a series of portraits, from the boy who fell off a bicycle to the desperate mugger wrestling with an old woman over her purse. The cumulative effect is haunting, yet ultimately redemptive. There is power in Garcia's insistence that we see her brother as a human being, in all his complexity and mystery. You won't forget these poems, or the story they tell."
—Martin Espada

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