lo terciario / the tertiary

Longlist, National Book Awards 2018 for Poetry

lo terciario / the tertiary by Raquel Salas Rivera book cover
ISBN 9781937421274
Timeless, Infinite Light
Raquel Salas Rivera author photo, credit Paloma Alicea
Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018–19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. Their work has appeared in journals such as the Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Apogee, BOAAT, Círculo de Poesía, Cosmonauts Ave, Waxwing, Dreginald, and the Boston Review. More about this author >

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Written in response to the PROMESA bill (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act) bill, lo terciario / the tertiary offers a decolonial queer critique and reconsideration of Marx. The book’s titles come from Pedro Scaron’s El Capital, the 1976 translation of Karl Marx’s classic. Published by Siglo Veintiuno Editores, this translation was commonly used by the Puerto Rican left as part of political formation programs. lo terciario / the tertiary places this text in relation to the Puerto Rican debt crisis, forcing readers to reconsider old questions when facing colonialism’s newest horrors.