Wild Animals on the Moon and Other Poems

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ISBN 978-1-880684-44-3
Publication Date
May 1997
Page Count
70 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Wild Animals on the Moon and Other Poems

and Other Poems
Naomi Ayala

In lyrical, original language expressing anger, hope, optimism, and a fierce independence, Naomi Ayala explores being Puerto Rican on the mainland— displaying pride in her culture coupled with the pain of exclusion, vividly describing her encounters with racism and poverty, and the power of love in these difficult circumstances. 
About the Author

Born in Puerto Rico, Naomi Ayala moved to the United States in her teens, eventually earning an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars. Writing in both Spanish and English, she is the author of three poetry collections: Wild Animals on the Moon (1997), This Side of Early (2008), and Calling Home: Praise Songs and Incantations (2013). She lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches poetry and memoir to English-language learners at the Carlos Rosario School as a founding teacher of the Write Who You Are Program.

"Naomi Ayala writes poems like water, a clear, strong current, sometimes tranquil, sometimes furious, but always swirling with life."

—Martín Espada 

"These are superbly imagistic poems of passion about real people and places. Her succinct almost-surreal narratives are like dancing portraits. Every one of these breathing sculptures is molded from the earth of experience."

—Rochelle Lynn Holt, Eclectica

"Ayala's poems are bold, surrealistic, freewheeling...Ayala's style contributes to the power of what she has to say." 

American Book Review