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ROSESUNWATER

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ROSESUNWATER is a Phenomenological travelogue that lives out atonement, eulogy, and mourning place, within the Somnambulist’s notebook. RSW picks up where ‘Black Lavender Milk’ left off, journeying from Los Angeles to the Yucatan Peninsula, sleep-walking through time and space in search of a recuperation of ancestry, dreams, and a sense of home.

Excerpts appear at:

AMERARCANA no. 8

The Spectacle no. 9 (forthcoming)

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Angel Dominguez

Angel Dominguez is a Latinx poet and artist of Yucatec Maya descent, born in Hollywood and raised in Van Nuys, CA by their immigrant family. They're the author of RoseSunWater (Operating System, 2020) and Black Lavender Milk (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015). Their third book, DESGRACIADO (the collected letters) is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2021. You can find Angel's work online and in print in various publications. Angel lives in Bonny Doon, CA.

this is a geography painted against colonialism, against gentrification, against geography itself. an orchard becomes a dzonot becomes a rose becomes a collaborative song between dreamer and bird that bleeds across borders. i was shown ruins through mirrors, nerve endings that survive demolition and burnings and hide underground amongst currents. angel has given us a guide through the dimension just a breath away from the veil.

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

ROSESUNWATER is a vast and powerful record of dream traversals within the heinous enduring legacy of imperialist colonial settler imposition and erasure. Dreaming is a potent defense and antidote against the violence and upheaval of such a hegemonic world process that has continually sought to annihilate, alienate and displace. Dreams are reality’s generative portals and are an undulating medium inflecting worlds and realms. Within heightened states of consciousness, Angel Dominguez realizes the connective energies and resonances that are capable of reworlding reality. Affinities of sacred presences and kinship relationships are the reticulations of omniscience and guide the dreamer to liberation, affirming collective radiance as necessary for survival. This is a book of glittering intelligence and total love. I’m moved by the depth perspectives culled at the thresholds of the sensitive membranes of identity that coalesce future, past and present. This book breathes fire, exudes floral eminence, dislodges tyranny with wind, water, sun and roses: an entranced ceremony of existence.

Brenda Iijima

Angel Dominguez’s poetry is where you turn for that tender and frightening feeling of calling to your past, to your ancestors, to the land that bore you. What answers that call? Your own voice, in an “echoic familiarity,” sometimes unbearable and sometimes ecstatic in its repetitive everyday. In Rose Sun Water, much like in its spiritual predecessor Black Lavender Milk (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015), Dominguez writes in an ancient personal, a kind of confessional voice that almost obsessively considers both its monumental historicity and its often slow-going present. This is a moving and caring book that pleads for some way to survive, some way to face the past, present, and future of colonialism, racism, environmental degradation, violence, and the police. Like all of Dominguez’s books, it is a loving and hurting dream.

Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué

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ROSESUNWATER is a Phenomenological travelogue that lives out atonement, eulogy, and mourning place, within the Somnambulist’s notebook. RSW picks up where ‘Black Lavender Milk’ left off, journeying from Los Angeles to the Yucatan Peninsula, sleep-walking through time and space in search of a recuperation of ancestry, dreams, and a sense of home.

Excerpts appear at:

AMERARCANA no. 8

The Spectacle no. 9 (forthcoming)

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