while they sleep (under the bed is another country)

Raquel Salas Rivera

while they sleep (under the bed is another country) refuses to sweep up the shards of Hurricane María’s aftermath. Written in dialogic fragments and intersped with prose poems reflecting on the lasting impact of colonial trauma, it is arranged around the two different discourses. The bed on which America sleeps, and which America has made, is built on the fear that the nations it has oppressed will rise up against it, a monstrous shadow in a child’s nightmare. Written in English, while they sleep points to a imperialist American identity: the dormant body of the text. Answering in Spanish, under the bed is another country is the footnote, the monster under the bed, the colony: Puerto Rico.


Cover and interior art by Mariana Ramos Ortiz, and cover design by Zoe Norvell.


50% of all pre-orders of Raquel's book will be donated directly to The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund (The Maria Fund), an organization dedicated to supporting emergency relief efforts as well as long-term organizing to build an equitable Puerto Rico.

Print: $16.00 (pre-sale, ships late Feb.)

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