Arsenal With Praise Song

poems by Rodney Gómez

Orison Books
paper  /  80 pp.  /  $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-949039-13-9
Distributed to the trade by Itasca Books
1-800-901-3480  /
Publication Date: January 5, 2021




Rodney Gómez's Arsenal With Praise Song somehow manages to yoke together lament and celebration, reproach and veneration across the borders of eras and nations. Set in the stark desert landscape of the México–U.S. border all too familiar to so many refugees and migrants, these poems scrutinize human bodies and the body of the earth as the sites of great injustices and violences—political, social, and spiritual—and as the vehicles that carry our collective legacy generation to generation.




Rodney Gómez, with keen language and a lyrical awareness that pays homage to the land, people, and culture, captures not only what it means to be from the border, but the journey some must endure to arrive at a new life there.

—Esteban Rodríguez, EcoTheo Review


"The nights were hive and I grew used to them" writes Gómez as we follow the swarm through radiating deserts and dreamsc