The Five Legs of the Cat


The Five Legs of the Cat
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This book takes the readers on a journey beginning in Puerto Rico to different parts of the world, on foot. The reader does not have to actually be on foot to join different events and experiences from the perspective of the legs. However, the reader might start seeing legs everywhere, perhaps themselves having more than two legs, and/or like a cat having multiple lives.

In Puerto Rico there is the common idiom, "She is always looking for the five legs of the cat." It is said when someone is believed to try to complicate matters by overlooking and overanalyzing the situation. It assumes that this will lead to feeling overwhelmed, distressed, and to internal and external conflict. It can be said in a funny way while adding a sarcastic compliment of being creative. However, more often is meant as a critique, even a severe one. Through poetry, this book embraces the challenge of accepting some of the idiom's veracity, while leaving it up to the readers to come to their final conclusion.

The book is divided into seven parts, including the five legs of the cat. The first part is about my childhood and youth experiences as they happened. The second part stays closer to home with childhood and youth experiences while adding a more nostalgic and reflective tone. The third part starts looking closely at the legs around the world from a critical perspective. The next part is about capturing the legs literally at different positions and their implications in different situations. The fifth part can be considered Ars Poetica by showing the process of turning the legs/the feet into poetry. This is followed by a section on the legs making different arts and becoming playful. The seventh and last part is about the legs at the end of life and perhaps taking us into the next one.

The Five of Legs of the Cat goes from a more narrative and prosaic to more reflective and experimental style; from the mundane to the existential, the local to the international, the simpler to the complex experiences in life. It covers a wide variety of topics, such as, gender, religion/faith, relationships, race, the body in general, love, memory, the arts, food, health issues, death, migration, the environment, domestic violence, war, and other injustices. The book can be considered an autoethnography, a poetic ethnography or an ethnographic poetry within the context of literary anthropology and native anthropology.

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