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In Memoria, Menes offers powerful yet also nuanced coming-of-age poems that interrogate maleness in Cuban-American culture and probe the complexities of a Spanish heritage, as well as poems that evoke past relationships, the cultural vibrancy of food, and his own upbringing in the Catholic faith. Interspersed among locations of immigration, from Miami to Madrid, many poems explore vivid memories of how music in the 1970s, including the songs of Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, became anthems for a young man's transformation into adulthood.