By Roberto Castillo Udiarte
Translated by Anthony Seidman
In his biting first full‐length collection of poems in English, Tijuana poet Roberto Castillo Udiarte commiserates with Zona Norte streetwalkers, embodies the desert lizard, and maps a life lived in the dimness of the barroom—as well as its incisive light.
Publication Date: December 13, 2016
In his biting first full‐length collection in English, Tijuana poet Roberto Castillo Udiarte commiserates with Zona Norte streetwalkers, embodies the desert lizard, and maps a life lived in the dimness of the barroom — as well as its incisive light. The poems in Smooth-Talking Dog display the counterculture influence of a wide range of influences on both sides of the border, from both the page and the rock concert stage, as hilarious and tragic as they are deadly serious. Celebrating Baja California’s status outside the Mexican literary mainstream, Smooth-Talking Dog proves just how permeable the aesthetic border between the U.S. and Mexico really is.
“Books like Caldo de pollo (1919) and Nubes (1983) by Oscar Hernández, Blues cola de lagarto (1985) and Cartografía del alma (1987) by Roberto Castillo, and La ciudad que recorro de Francisco Morales and Tijuana rifa K/Z y qué by Marcos Morales create, with their colloquial language and powerful imagery, a monument to our multiple existences, a mirror for ourselves, reflecting our dreams, hopes, and frustrations…” —Gabriel Trujillo
“The collection Smooth-Talking Dog gives readers a taste of what many have been experiencing for quite some time. Poetry that bites, poetry that stings, poetry that takes you to the darkest places in order to beat you down, and poetry that picks you back up again.” —Zachary Jensen, Angel City Review