Cry Bomba: Listening to Brown Poetics probes the historical demand of poetics in the field of Latina/o/x Studies as a performative practice of sensing and attending to the sounds made by what we otherwise quarter off as visual, textual, and narrative, as though the senses and genres stay caged in their proper places. Engaging Salsa and Indie music, live and multimedia performance, the novel, theater, poetry, and short experimental films, the book’s multiply inflected audio-visual archive deliberately listens to sites of sonic nonsense, upheaval, sex, and civil disobedience in Puerto Rican, Nuyorican and Chicana/o/x aesthetics. The book’s methodology of poetic listening is an argument for and enactment of subjection and insurrection as audio-visual shapes, emergent from the breaks and touches between brown and black aesthetics. Édouard Glissant, Macha Colón, Héctor Lavoe, Pedro Pietri, Eduardo Corral, and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz are among the artist and theorists gathered in the book.
(Photo: Still from film, Otros Usos, dir. Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Galería Agustina Ferreyra.)