Noemi Press 2019


Kin to Eduoard Glissant’s Poetics of Relation, Roberto Tejada’s Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness charts a counter-conquest through transhistorical and transcultural waters to trace the competing desires, dazzling simulations, and “ostensible selfhoods” that have informed—and continue to activate—a Poetics of the Americas. The remarkable breadth of these essays—joining colonial encounter narratives with the media spectacle occasioned by Elián González’s arrival on U.S. shores—stimulates with its pleasure of inquiry and richness of form. And with its needle trembling toward a ‘future imperfect,’ satisfies with an unfolding relevance to our current political and cultural moment.

—Rosa Alcalá

Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness by Roberto Tejada

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