Flexible Bones

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The remarkable and wholly insightful poems collected here bounce the reader through a world where words are not bricks but trampolines—springy, un-static-y things. Feisty, spirited, serious and comic, these poems address a wild range of subjects with an equally wild range of tones. As readers, we find ourselves holding on with white knuckles, but we always want to turn the page.

The most modern of roller coasters ride on soft rubber tires and slithery smooth tracks. Gone are ...

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Overview


The remarkable and wholly insightful poems collected here bounce the reader through a world where words are not bricks but trampolines—springy, un-static-y things. Feisty, spirited, serious and comic, these poems address a wild range of subjects with an equally wild range of tones. As readers, we find ourselves holding on with white knuckles, but we always want to turn the page.

The most modern of roller coasters ride on soft rubber tires and slithery smooth tracks. Gone are the days of jouncing along on steel wheels, smacking over hard metal joints. So it is with this book. Although readers are hurtled through time, space, and a universe of emotions, the ride is seductively smooth—and the transitions surprisingly seamless.

In the prologue, our attention bends to bridges, free-tail bats, soldiers, and peacemakers. These poems prepare us to watch for hopeful signs in the work ahead. In the first section, the spiritual seems to flow into the geopolitical—not in a hammer-you-over-the-head kind of way but in a blood-through-the-heart sort of way. In the second section, the spiritual mingles with the organic in a more personal way. By the end of the ride, we are aware that we have taken a trip with an intellectually fearless bushwhacker leading the way.

Anyone who has ever contemplated The Simpsons, sex-offender registries, desert internment camps, bats in flight, wars that never end, “la virgen,” grasshoppers, Google, or the cosmos will find a kindred spirit in Maria Melendez and a warm welcome in her work.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this second, fierce collection of poetry, María Meléndez doesn’t shy away from irreverence, because it takes some shaking up to wake people up." —El Paso Times

"Humorous, energetic and fast-paced, Flexible Bones is a treasure trove of knowledge, highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816528332
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Maria Melendez has published two collections of poetry, the chapbook Base Pairs and the full-length collection How Long She’ll Last in This World (Arizona, 2006). Her poems also appear in several anthologies, including The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (Arizona, 2007). She lives in Pueblo, Colorado, and is the editor and publisher of Pilgrimage magazine.
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Table of Contents

Bridge 1

Behind Every Good Soldier 3

Ars Poetica: Autumn Packing List 5

For all their disembodied namelessness, they sure do talk a lot 7

To Hope 8

Aging Goddess Seeks Companion, Understudy 11

Chilam Balam in the New Millennium 12

The Skull of Arlen Siu 18

Googling Guadalupe 19

The Fifth Apparition: Reno 22

Our Lady of Corporatespeak 24

This Is an Automatic Reply 25

Kent Brockman, here, on the coming of the new sun 26

Love Song for a War God 27

El Villain 28

Topaz Triptych 30

Catamite 35

Teresa 40

An Ocean of Code 41

(untitled) 43

Knot of Prayer 44

Desire of Dayspirit to Be Seen 52

As Witches Do 53

Maiz Desmadre 54

A Latina Poet Can Be a Good Dog 62

Ars Poetica: from a dusty California arena 65

Ann's Answer 67

Ars Poetica: Platanus racemosa 68

Roasting Grasshoppers 70

Westerner Exiled to the Affordable Midwest Comes Home 72

Notes 75

Acknowledgments 79

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