Dark and Perfect Angels

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Saenz' poetry has always been centered in the geography and cultures of the desert Southwest. Dark and Perfect Angels moves deeper into that territory, exploring the difficult braiding of Mexican, Indian and European traditions of his heritage, the struggles and complications of family life, the visceral nature of religious faith in Mexico "where any saint worth praying to must be adorned with blood as well as gold," a priest's anointing of a young man dying from gunshot, the shedding of the priest's robes and ...
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Overview

Saenz' poetry has always been centered in the geography and cultures of the desert Southwest. Dark and Perfect Angels moves deeper into that territory, exploring the difficult braiding of Mexican, Indian and European traditions of his heritage, the struggles and complications of family life, the visceral nature of religious faith in Mexico "where any saint worth praying to must be adorned with blood as well as gold," a priest's anointing of a young man dying from gunshot, the shedding of the priest's robes and the secular quest for faith.

Winner of a Southwest Book Award.

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Alison Hawthorne Deming
Ben's poetry has always been centered in the geography and cultures of the desert Southwest. Dark and Perfect Angels moves deeper into that territory, exploring the difficult braiding of Mexican, Indian and European traditions of his heritage, the struggles and complications of family life . . .and the secular quest for faith. Indeed, this is a book about faith-a cry for honesty, compassion and community as antidotes to the cold-hearted self-interest that drives so much of American culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780938317234
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 130
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.89 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

While Sleeping In My Parents' House 3
In The Can Where She Keeps The Sugar 5
El Paso County Jail 13
"I Wouldn't Even Bleed" 19
Meditation: Winter 22
The Romance of Ventura's Father 39
The Unchronicled Death of Your Holy Father 42
The Girl You Left Behind 45
Going North 49
Chihuahua: City of the Lost 51
Braided Woman 55
Lullaby for Your Family 59
Confessions of Benjamin, Your Grandson 61
A Final Prayer For Ventura 66
Growing Memories 71
Uncles (Who Lie Still and Perfect) 73
Fences 78
Clay Woman Holding Her Sacred Heart 81
Arturo, Your Mother 83
Contemplating Roads 86
Hermanos 89
To John (When He Was Five) 92
On Observing the Pigeons at Union Square (San Francisco) On the Eve of the Gulf War 93
The Adoration of the Infant Jesus 94
To the Desert 96
Through the Rooms of This House 97
Prayer 98
The Wedding Feast at Cana 103
Gloria. Woman Becoming Her Name 105
Altars Into Time 107
Between Worlds 116
Miracle in the Garden 121
No sabe el rio que se llama rio 123
Meditation: Summer 125
Author's Biography 133
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