Divided into three parts, Michael Trocchia’s debut collection of verse is a lyric study on the forms of fate, a haunting discourse on the linguistic fractures between one’s self and substance, and a set of shimmering images and meditations on the constant “guesswork” of understanding the world within us and beyond. The immediacy and sonic play of these poems are met by what is their gravity of thought and, in some, their philosophic irony. Attending to both the magic and logic of our language, Trocchia’s poetry draws the two together, renewing the wonder of existence with greater clarity.
Kayla, Ashanti, Trina, Maria, and Loni all five women trying to navigate their lives with one thing in common; being married to men devoted to the streets. Brick, Rida, Rum, Dough, and Bleek are committed to the lifestyle they live, and the codes that come with it. Does loyalty override love? The women quickly find out that being in love with a street nigga will leave them tangled in a web of murder, betrayal, infidelity, and lies.
This book is narrated in a lively style and based on actual events in the former capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala, Ciudad Vieja today.
Don Pedro de Alvarado with his daughter dona Leonor, his wife dona Beatriz de la Cueva and Tlaxcala Princess Luisa Xicontecalt (mother of Leonor) are established in the city in the middle of a plot, intrigues and frustrated love.
Don Pedro de Portocarrero, brave warrior and faithful friend of The Conqueror, is in love with dona Leonor, who is also in love with him, but engaged to her step mom’s brother. This love is declared by these two lovers, given the situations that are presented.
Dona Agustina Cordova, who had an affair with Portocarrero, jealous for her unrequited love, joins forces with the “Herbalist” our novel antagonist.
The reader is lead to the first years of the colonial era and hear the accompanying misery of the Conqueror and his family, ending with the destruction of the kingdom’s capital.