Desgraciado (collected letters)
A collection of epistolary poems that exorcise and explore the material violence and generational trauma of colonization and systemic racism stored within queer Latinx memory.
“Desgraciado takes the embers of the colonizer, the knowing and people they attempted to extinguish, and chooses to ‘press on with ancestral compass disarming my enemy with language.’ A relentless re-imagining of an epistolary series that never looks away while staring into the eyes of the murderous. Dominguez invokes a portal, tracing the crimes of 1562 Mani Yucatán to the present, all while holding ‘a mess of flowers’ that have survived pyre and empire. These words are incantations, ransoms, clapbacks, curses, intimacies, provocations, and remedies that reveal themselves as navigational cyphers guiding us toward a language and future of liberation.”