‘When My Brother Was an Aztec’ by Natalie Diaz
June 27, 2014
Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was an Aztec examines memory’s role in human identity.
Each section filters memory through specific individuals and settings.
Racism against Native Americans is confronted throughout the collection, and the speaker’s wrestling with identity is carefully woven into each poem.
Each poem is stitched into the reservation’s landscape, while many consider Christian identity.
Natalie Diaz experiments with form, from couplets to parts, lists to prose poems, and explores the terrain of poetic predecessors.