Speaking at a Time
Hablando a la Vez
Poetry by Amelia Díaz Ettinger
6×9, 90 pages, $15.00
August 1, 2015
La Grande, OR
Book text set in Garamond Premier Pro
Amelia Díaz Ettinger’s book of poems, Speaking at a Time, is a gathering of poems about her father, her daughter, the town of Caguas, and the race track, among other things.
These recollections pulse with energy, and they echo the poetry of Lorca and Neruda. This is a strong, first book.
—PETER SEARS, Oregon Poet Laureate
In Speaking at a Time, Amelia Díaz Ettinger synthesizes cultures and languages, best symbolized by the book’s bi-lingual presentation,
while she continues to document and question what it means to be a Puerto Rican exile in Oregon. This is strong and honest work—filled with love and grief and eloquence.
With these solo pages, she joins her distant contemporaries—Victor Hernandez Cruz, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Tato Laviera.
—GEORGE VENN, Eastern Oregon University, General Editor, Oregon Literature Series