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In his 10th book, renowned prose poet Gonzalez proclaims he is at the crossroads in [his] throat where he looks both ways. Gonzalez is as quirky as ever, matching the didactic tone and jargon of a scientist with the sensibilities of artists like Kenneth Rexroth, Hart Crane and Picasso, among others, who walk in and out of the poems."

--Publishers Weekly

Fusing the real with the surreal and the natural world with human relationships, Ray Gonzalez creates his own brand of magical ...

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Overview

In his 10th book, renowned prose poet Gonzalez proclaims he is at the crossroads in [his] throat where he looks both ways. Gonzalez is as quirky as ever, matching the didactic tone and jargon of a scientist with the sensibilities of artists like Kenneth Rexroth, Hart Crane and Picasso, among others, who walk in and out of the poems."

--Publishers Weekly

Fusing the real with the surreal and the natural world with human relationships, Ray Gonzalez creates his own brand of magical realism. Gonzalez also brings pop humor in such poems as “The Guitars,” which uses the word “guitar” in almost every sentence to talk about the true (and not so true) lives of rock stars. David Lazar notes, “Ray Gonzalez may be our most essential prose poet.”

Ray Gonzalez’s awards include the 2003 Minnesota Literary Award for Poetry, and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Book Award. He has published nine poetry collections and edited twelve anthologies, including No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Poets.

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Publishers Weekly
In his 10th book, renowned prose poet Gonzalez proclaims he is at “the crossroads in [his] throat” where he “looks both ways.” Gonzalez is as quirky as ever, matching the didactic tone and jargon of a scientist with the sensibilities of artists like Kenneth Rexroth, Hart Crane and Picasso, among others, who walk in and out of the poems. Juxtaposition of unlike images is Gonzalez's m.o., making for sometimes lucid, sometimes abrasive intersections. In one poem, for instance, we learn of “Jesus still waiting to unplug his phone charger.” Yet Gonzalez's eccentric mashups are often quite convincing and powerful: “the devil is but an imagined source of fire where the ones who believe are transformed into praying objects.” When Gonzalez falls flat, these pieces read like odd short stories, and at times similar sentence structure makes them predictable. Yet many readers may find themselves awed to see “All things pray in the silence madness brings.” (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934414293
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: American Poets Continuum Series
  • Edition description: 1st
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (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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