Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano can shrill and kick and scream as passionately as any of our Mexican Divas of song. Where else can love be the rogue we all desire or the assassin for whom we keep the window open at night, but in the poetry from the devastated heart? These poems are not sentimental, they are dangerous, but no less romantic because Herrera y Lozano dares to express one of our universal truths—that pain makes us human, and that that which aches can also give us pleasure.


Rigoberto González, author of Unpeopled Eden



Amorcito Maricón takes us on a journey of eroticism and desire as we witness straddled legs and agave thighs, tongues and besos touring the body's terrain while Herrera y Lozano traverses the landscape of Xicano history from Aztlán and Chacmool to sarape covered couches and middle seats of trocas. here in his love of culture and beautiful, brown, masculine bodies the poet's lyricism resides. This is the beauty of heartfelt poetry that is tempestuous and soothing at once. He has granted te gift of words that pierce the psyche to rearrange our relationship to pleasure.


Emma Pérez, Ph.D., author of Gulf Dreams 

and Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory



Whether you like rancheras or oldies or both -- throw on your favorite rolas and retire for the night with Amorcito Maricón. Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano's poems will enrapture you and remind you that there is pleasure in dolor y amor and that the desire to be loved is at the core of who we are. The collection gets to the heart of what it meansto live amid and in spite of our contradictions. Amorción Maricón is for both th ehopeless romantic and the militant revolutionary, because at the end of the book you realize that being brown and queer means being both.


Francisco J. Galarte, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Gender & Women's Studies

University of Arizona



There is something undeniably tender, rasping and raw about Amorcito Maricón. Written to the melody of the sweetest bloero and the sounds of the most tragic melodrama, Herrera y Lozano's words are the flesh of desire and love's sorrows, flesh that writes bodies of faith and longing anew. Sung to their own tune, these lyrics enunciate libration in its most intimate of brown renditions.


Armando García, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Hispanic Langauges and Literatures

University of Pittsburgh