Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s second poetry collection is a lyrical exploration of the intersection between gender roles and desire on the US-México border. Set within the liminal geography of the poet’s hometowns of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas, Lima :: Limón fiercely questions machismo and marianismo, cultural norms that give way to gender violence and a blind eye turned to femicide. Drawing imagery and characters from songs commonly played in households along the border, Scenters-Zapico considers with fairy-tale strangeness how women live through violence to create a culture of their own, inside and outside of the domestic. In these poems, a speaker’s body transforms from flesh to wall to bug to bed, with the kind of magic it takes to survive what wants to kill you. Lima :: Limón makes the invisible visible, creating a loving tribute to women, ancestors, and all those whose labors of resilience go unsung.
Lima :: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico
Copper Canyon Press 2019