Marcelo Hernandez Castillo's Cenzontle is one of a handful of poetry titles recommended on NPR's annual Book Concierge Guide to 2018's Great Reads.
NPR poetry critic Tess Taylor praises Castillo's lyric verses and poems that confound easy boundaries: "These poem shapes linger in the mind long after the book is shut."
The librarians at the New York Public Library also included Cenzontle on their annual list of The New York Public Library's 2018 Best Books for Adults.
When selecting Cenzontle for NBC Latino's Summer Reading List earlier this year, Rigoberto Gonzales wrote that "Cenzontle is a book that speaks with striking language about an experience that’s being presented in public discourse in mostly vulgar terms. Hernandez Castillo’s lyrical voice, gentle yet noticeably audible, stands apart from the noise, singing its sorrows and victories as it soars. An extraordinary debut."
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