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Bent to the Earth
poems by Blas Manuel De Luna, ’97
Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2005
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Bent to the Earth was one of five finalists for the ultra-prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award.

They had hit Ruben
with the high beams, had blinded
him so that the van
he was driving, full of Mexicans
going to pick tomatoes,
would have to stop. Ruben spun

the van into an irrigation ditch,
spun the five-year-old me awake
to immigration officers,
their batons already out,
already looking for the soft spots on the body[…]

— From “Bent to the Earth”


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