Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems

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This collection balances ample selections from award-winning poet Ray Gonzalez’s six previous books with 30 new poems. Gonzalez’s early poems are dominated by Southwest desert landscapes and deal with the pressure of conflicts between border cultures. More recent poems upend prevailing stories about historical figures, artists, and writers, create new animal myths, and push traditional boundaries of the free verse lyric deeper into surrealism.

Ray Gonzalez has published 14 books...

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Overview

This collection balances ample selections from award-winning poet Ray Gonzalez’s six previous books with 30 new poems. Gonzalez’s early poems are dominated by Southwest desert landscapes and deal with the pressure of conflicts between border cultures. More recent poems upend prevailing stories about historical figures, artists, and writers, create new animal myths, and push traditional boundaries of the free verse lyric deeper into surrealism.

Ray Gonzalez has published 14 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and has edited 12 anthologies. He is the poetry editor of The Bloomsbury Review and founder of the poetry journal LUNA. He is a full professor in the MFA creative writing program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929918706
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: American Poets Continuum Series
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Ray Gonzalez has authored numerous books of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction, and edited twelve anthologies. He is poetry editor for The Bloomsbury Review, and founding editor of the poetry journal Luna. He is a full professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
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Table of Contents

Speak easy 13
The carved hands at San Miguel 14
Over the shoulder 15
Sending you 16
The skeleton of the lizard 18
Every ten years, a hawk kills before me 19
Runaway train 20
Fierce God 21
Emerge 24
Into 26
Stopping along the Rio Grande north of Hatch, New Mexico 28
The light at Mesilla 29
Ascending the stone steps at the Gran Quivira ruins 31
Andre Breton at Zuni Pueblo, 1945 33
Rattlesnakes hammered on the wall 35
In the time of the totem 36
The wolf table 37
Immediacy 39
The hiding 40
Celestial longing 42
The horns at Sierra Ladrone, New Mexico 43
A poem in every direction 45
Fever 47
Consideration of the guitar 48
The walls 50
The burning 53
Memorize 57
I have been served 59
The promises of glass 61
Hymn for the tongue 62
The mask 63
Another 65
After reading Rexroth, I stand by the Rio Grande 66
Celebrate 68
My brothers 69
There will be centuries 73
Tiny clay doll with no arms 75
For the other world 77
I hear the bells of the ice cream vendor outside my door 79
Kiva floor at Abo 80
Granadilla 82
Federico Garcia Lorca's desk 83
The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande 84
What you will remember 85
I am afraid of the moon 87
Falling into a face 88
Kick the heart 89
What the cottonwood said 91
Calling the white donkey 97
Under the freeway in El Paso 98
Cabato 100
The hawk in the yard 101
Two striped lizards 102
The finger moth 103
From the face 105
The angels of Juarez, Mexico 106
White 108
Brown pot 113
Beyond having 115
The head of Pancho Villa 116
At the Rio Grande near the end of the century 117
Watching a film of Van Gogh on Christmas Eve 121
The eagle in the ashes 123
In the time of the scorpion 124
Sueno de Mexico 126
Rattlesnake dance, Coronado Hills, 1966 129
The grandfather 132
Snakeskin 133
Never 134
The energy of clay 135
Ode to the family of spiders 137
Late night moon 140
The magnets 142
The bell 147
Before the facts 148
Railroad face 149
Disguise 151
Roberto denies he is superstitious 157
Roberto talks to his dead brother 158
Roberto anticipates these gifts from his dying father 159
Roberto recalls his dead grandfather 160
Roberto concerning his youth 161
Roberto goes for a walk after the war 162
Five bird songs 163
Adult 167
Knowing 169
Sitting 173
One day 174
The opinion at Point Loma 175
Sunset and moonrise over Cuchillo, New Mexico 177
Christmas Eve, Aguirre Springs, New Mexico, 1984 179
Twilights and chants 182
Hiding the stone horse 183
Absence of lizards 184
Testament 186
Saving the candles 187
Prayer 191
Sunday 192
How far back? 193
Ascending 194
Four towns, Don Juan de Onate Trail, New Mexico 195
Through the creek, Cloride, New Mexico 198
Diamondback on the trail 200
The clay bowls 201
The poem at the end of the world 202
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