City of God

Overview

Gil Cuadros published stories and poems in Indivisible, High Risk 2, and Blood Whispers. His work is also on the compact disc, Verdict and the Violence: Poet’s Response to the LA Uprising. He was awarded the 1991 Brody Literature Fellowship, and was one of the first recipients of the PEN Center USA/West grant to writers with HIV. He lived in Los Angeles until his death in 1996.

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Overview

Gil Cuadros published stories and poems in Indivisible, High Risk 2, and Blood Whispers. His work is also on the compact disc, Verdict and the Violence: Poet’s Response to the LA Uprising. He was awarded the 1991 Brody Literature Fellowship, and was one of the first recipients of the PEN Center USA/West grant to writers with HIV. He lived in Los Angeles until his death in 1996.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The stories and poems that make up City of God explode out of the Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles, where a variety of narrators-some young, some old, some first exploring their burgeoning sexuality, some withering away from AIDS-must daily confront the twin experiences of empowerment and shame in late-20th-century gay life. In ``Indulgences,'' Gilberto first acknowledges his own ``deviant'' sexuality when propositioned by his ostracized and possibly murderous aunt Evelyn at his grandfather's funeral. This pairing of sexuality and death, most clearly explored in Cuadros's riveting descriptions of the body and its failings, unfolds repeatedly throughout the book: while the narrator of ``Unprotected'' describes the safe yet sterile sex of the '90s as a lesson in physical humiliation, the protagonist of ``Letting Go'' must mourn a dead lover while recognizing the potential for rebirth found in someone new. Cuadros, who won both the 1991 Brody Literature Fellowship and one of the first PEN Center USA/West grants to writers with HIV, establishes himself as a new force in contemporary gay-themed writing with this collection. City of God provides frank, powerful testimony to life's continuation during the era of AIDS. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Though he has already been published in small magazines as well as in the anthologies Indivisible (Dutton, 1991) and Blood Whispers (Silverton Bks., 1991), this collection of dead-on poetry and prose is Mexican American Cuadros's first book. Encompassing prepubescent memory pieces and stark ruminations on the author's AIDS-spectered present, the seemingly autobiographical prose is haunting. Cuadros displays a gift for the deadpan objective correlative, as when he describes his mother's choice of a memento upon her grandfather's death: "She held a ceramic siamese cat with an ear broken off and holes bored in its head." Focusing on growing up, coming out, and facing death in the California southland, the poetry can be blunt, unsparing, and-on occasion-fiercely lyrical: "I want God to see this, unhindered/what he created/the mingle of flame and brawn/to smell the muscles of this love." Recommended for large poetry collections.-Thomas Tavis, San Francisco P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872862951
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,348,191
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Indulgences 3
Reynaldo 15
Chivalry 37
My Aztlan: White Place 53
Unprotected 59
Holy 71
Baptism 77
Letting Go 91
Sight 95
To the First Time 103
Dear Richard 105
My Father Near Retirement 107
Bordertowns 109
Resurrection 111
There are Places You don't Walk at Night, Alone 112
The Breath of God that Brings Life 115
Turmoil 118
At Risk 120
Even Months after the Death, John Dreams 124
The Quilt Series 1. 911 125
The Quilt Series 2. ICU 127
The Quilt Series 3. REM 129
The Quilt Series 4. RM# 131
The Quilt Series 5. 4AM 133
The Quilt Series 6. DOA 135
Conquering Immortality 137
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