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Introducing Pandemia & Other Poems by Edward Vidaurre

Pandemia & Other Poems comes to the world as a salve to a trifecta of crises—border issues of children in cages and immigrants being held in tent cities to wait with little or no hope; a virus that has crippled the world forcing us to reevaluate and test our resolve as survivors; and the ongoing issue of police brutality stirring protests around the world. Vidaurre is a poet who wants to help people, and who works through “the ghostly streets of uncertainty” in the midst of this pandemia with dreams, hope—and love, always, there is love. “There is a different quality to these poems,” writes Odilia Galván Rodríguez, “a maturity that comes with más golpes de la vida.” 

Vidaurre’s writings have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Times Magazine, The Texas Observer, Grist, Poet Lore, The Acentos Review, Poetrybay, Voices de la Luna, as well as other journals and anthologies. Vidaurre is the author of seven collections of poetry. He is the 2018-2019 City of McAllen, Texas Poet Laureate, a four-time Pushcart-nominated poet and publisher of FlowerSong Press. Vidaurre is from Boyle Heights, California and now resides in McAllen, Texas with his wife and daughter.
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Praise for Pandemia & Other Poems

Pandemia & Other Poems is a new scripture for the plague years. Unabashedly bi-lingual and pan-cultural, a creation myth in the face of destruction, a seed of renacimiento in our charred garden.
--Luis Alberto Urrea

Pandemia & Other Poems is the book we need right now. Edward Vidaurre’s tender, wise, jazz-singer words rise up and speak for this pandemic period when we realize our lungs connect us—and our stories and our songs.
--Sheila Black

 This is the book to keep close to your heart.
--Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate, Emeritus

I highly recommend you take time to savor this poet-seers verses. Ase O!
--Odilia Galván Rodríguez


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