On Commodity Fetishism

La Selva, Salomón de. Tropical Town and Other Poems. Houston: Arte Público, 1999. 978-1558852358. $27.

We have two copies of this book and I almost put it on an acquisitions list again; I seem to have fetishized it. I appear to believe that ownership of this book signals that our library is on its way toward vitality.

I do not know why this book in particular suggests that to me. It has something to do with the alliteration in the title, the son rhythm I hear in it, and with how heimlich the title feels on the one hand, and how faraway on the other.


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