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The chapbook follow-up to the poet's first collection, PCSD stands toe-to-toe with the academic construct of post-identity politics. The very term Post-Chicano begs the question, "If the Movement is over when did it end?" These poems bring the visceral, day-to-day living stories of Chicano/Latino families still living the Chicano condition into conversation with the multiple declarations of the Movement's demise.
mah•cic (mah-SEEK') [Nahuatl] adj.,"whole or complete"
The first solo collection of poems from a 10-year veteran of the Chicano spoken word collective The Taco Shop Poets.
Praise For mahcic
“mahcic gets you open on Riley’s music. A poet who writes like a master DJ: scratching metaphor, mixing cultures and re-mixing themes until he infiltrates your consciousness and makes you recall the gloss before the glitter while warning you about the wind before the storm.” –WILLIE PERDOMO
“A VERY fine book!!” –AMIRI BARAKA
"Tomás Riley’s poems are the necessary documents we must carry to insure the safe crossing, the guide by the hand, the finger to the lip, poetry becomes a paint by numbers game of language, truth and funk." –MARISELA NORTE
"What you hear in Tomás’s poems is the vernacular of the streets transformed into cool, lean imagery that flits through the urban landscape with the swiftness of a hummingbird." –GENNY LIM
"Musical, surprising, and riveting." –ISHLE YI PARK
"One of the most exciting new voices to emerge in Chicano poetry that I've heard for a long time." -ALEJANDRO MURGUIA
"Scored as recombinant beats in the endless remixings of a social body, Riley's poetry does double duty as funky urban baroque and as a creative summation of various translingual, post-hip-hop, and spoken-word aesthetics." –URAYOAN NOEL
"Imagine T.S. Eliot and Billie Holiday and Jacques Derrida and César Chávez and Frida Kahlo having a baby, and you begin to get a sense of the genetic density and richness of Riley's poetry." –PROF. WILLIAM A. NERICCIO
"The poems in this book are so alive that it may be hard to hold them in your hand. " -RESENAS BOOK REVIEW
Tomás Riley is a poet, writer, educator and a veteran of the influential Chicano spoken-word collective The Taco Shop Poets (TSP). With TSP he has appeared in the HBO documentary Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, Gregory Nava's PBS dramatic series American Family, and is profiled in Hector Galán's ITVS documentary series on Latina/o arts: Visiones.
As both a soloist and a member of TSP Tomás has performed his unique blend of Chicano bilingualism, cultural politics and lyricism at more than 200 venues across the country including the Guild Complex, Beyond Baroque, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and countless indie bookstores, cultural centers, universities, taco shops and bus stops in barrios everywhere. His written work has been anthologized in Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Chorizo Tonguefire: The Taco Shop Poets Anthology, Pacific Review and various journals and literary publications. Most recently his first solo collection of poetry, Mahcic, was published by Calaca Press in December 2005.