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“In ‘A New Syntax’, Noemí Altagracia Ixchel Martínez Turull explores the complex and often intangible experience of grief to navigate the aftermath of the loss of her mother and father. These experimental poems blend the abstract and the concrete, weaving together themes of technology and memory with more personal and emotional experiences of loss and grief. Their focus on the interplay between the internal and external worlds is particularly effective in conveying grief’s transformative and all-encompassing nature. Written in the aftermath of profound loss, ‘A New Syntax’ is a powerful and evocative exploration of memory and mourning, and its unique perspective and experimental style make it a valuable and memorable contribution to the literary conversation about loss and memory.”

 

In a creative introductory note, she explores the concept of grief and how it can be compared to a computer’s operating system. The writer reflects on their own experiences with grief and how it has affected their mind and body, and also considers how artificial intelligence might interpret and process grief. The essay uses language and syntax in innovative ways to convey the complex and often intangible experience of grief and offers an original perspective into the ways in which grief can disrupt and alter normal functioning, and the ways in which it requires adaptation and change in order to move forward.

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In their writing, Martinez explores the body as a constant source of pain, movement, delivery, and grief, as well as a site of transformation. They delve into the ways in which the body morphs into hybrid tech-humans and cyborgs, examining the ways in which it is shaped by experience and memory. Martinez also writes about the body as a body of water and a body away from home, exploring the ways in which it is shaped by place and belonging. In their work, Martinez  combines themes of disability, the borderland, the body, memory, cyberpunk, auto-historia, and creative nonfiction from a body and place in time and in South Texas. Martinez is a skilled poet and writer, as well as a mixed media artist, historian, and cultural worker with roots in Mexico and the Caribbean. Their work has been recognized with a Reclama Award for Storytelling and Pushcart prize nominations and can be found in a range of publications.

In addition to their work as a poet and writer, Martinez is also a mixed media artist, historian, and cultural worker with roots in Mexico and the Caribbean. Their father was forced to come to the US as a bracero and their mother was forced to come to the US as a child due to colonialism. Martinez has been involved in creating and teaching alternative media and education punk for the last two decades and currently works as an editor at Noemi’s Starship Consulting Services. . Further informed by their identity as a queer, neurodivergent, and disabled individual, Martinez has two decades of experience as a zine creator, dedicating themselves to creating, publishing, teaching, and discussing their alt.media and delving into subjects like cyberpunk and solar punk.

 

Lit Kit Creative Project

47 pages. Jan. 2023.