Cathy Arellano’s lovesong to the women she’s loved and lost recall the match that both ignites the spark and burns the whole house down. This book sings the intersections between love and race and politics, all while playing, all while being played. These poems are both tough and smooth, they are pickup lines at “empanada bars” and fire in the bed, they are so fine, they strut their stuff, sometimes they rhyme. Hip-hop corridos, t’ang, haiku for the body, for love, for all things broken: rules, hearts, promises, taboos. These poems are “lowcut and blackjeaned / redtoed and lipsticked.” The love expressed both suave and clumsy, laid bare “between another woman’s legs”… sings to the guitarra and dances with a glass of tequila. These poems know well that when the night is over, they go home.
Jenn Givhan, author of Landscape with Headless Mama
Cathy Arellano is a powerful & diverse Writer. I have loved her work for many years! The book you hold in your hands is very different than anything I have ever read by her. This is a book of Poems about love as she sees it. She takes off all the masks & gives us the good, the bad & the ugly. I Love My Women, Sometimes They Love Me is Cathy Arellano sin fronteras. ¡Cathy cruda! Enjoy.
Avotcja, musician and author of With Every Step I Take
TIn her brutally funny and honest look at desire, love, and heartbreak, Arellano makes you examine your own heart and current and past relationships. I Love My Women is a reminder that you’re not alone.
harold terezón, author of Hunting for Izotes