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A Grave is Given Supper

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By Mike Soto

A Narco-Acid Western in profound poetic form, using themes from the ongoing drug war taking place in a fictional U.S./Mexico border town.

Publication Date: June 9th, 2020

Paperback: 9781646050109

eBook: 9781646050116

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Told in a series of interlinked poems, Soto’s debut collection follows two protagonists through their lives in an imaginary United States/Mexico border town, chronicling the state and drug-war inflicted violence they must undergo. Through the arc of their relationship, A Grave is Given Supper weaves a narco-tinged “Acid Western” following the narrative arc of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s classic cult film, El Topo.

Soto is a poet with a foot in the U.S. and a foot in Mexico; A Grave is Given Supper builds a world that honors complicated lives taking place in the borderlands. Poems like “Sixty-eight were found without heads” reflect the fraught relationship between cartel violence, love, and personal responsibility, where Soto’s protagonist asks: how can we “be/celebrating despite those bodies in black/plastic bags making their way through”?

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“Soto eases into discomfort and renders it stunning.” – Katy Dycus, The Wild Detectives

“There is a deep, inescapable sadness in many of Mike Soto’s poems but it is a sadness for the world and never himself. It’s wrong to stereotype poets, even positively, but I think Soto’s Mexican literary heritage is deep in his bone marrow. It’s a rich, earthly, mystical tradition in which to have one’s taproots. These poems of light and life are compressed, but never crushed.” – Thomas Lux