Memory Fever: A Journey Beyond El Paso Del Norte

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A poet and editor of anthologies, Gonzalez ( Without Discovery: A Native Response to Columbus ) offers 29 essays and vignettes ranging from his 1960s boyhood in El Paso to his confrontation with his Chicano identity. His youthful practice of cutting tails off lizards--part of ``the timeless drama between the hunter and prey''--reminds him of Vietnam veteran accounts of cutting ears off dead Viet Cong. A trip to the ``zoo-like'' tourist atmosphere of the Taos Pueblo provokes a sense of shame that propels him to the shrine of writer D. H. Lawrence. An ode to the stew-like dish menudo leads Gonzalez to marvel, ``You slurp it like an anteater slurps ants. . . . No one takes their time eating menudo.'' A few essays highlight a broad American-ness, such as Gonzalez's memoir of discovering rock music at Woolworth's in 1964. Though this is an autobiography of sorts, the essays never acquire synergistic power, since Gonzalez provides few autobiographical details, and too many of the pieces are slight. Nevertheless, he writes fluidly, and some essays resonate, such as the final one, which travels deftly and impressionistically ``through my desert of hope and vision.'' (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780913089491
  • Publisher: Broken Moon Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/1992
  • Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Mi Tierra 3
The Light 7
The Sparrows 11
The Burning 15
Rattlesnake Dreams 19
The Third Eye of the Lizard 35
Haunted Adobe 45
Taos, 1977 53
White Sands 63
Peace Grove 73
Crossing to America 79
Without Discovery 83
The Active Poet 93
Road Kills 101
Mama Mescal 111
Mama Menudo 115
Christmas Tamales 119
The Blue Room 127
Tio Jose 131
My Father's Pool Hall, 1964 133
Rocking Out at Woolworth's 141
Guitar Picks 149
Go! T-Birds! Go! 157
California, 1976 167
Confessions and Communions 173
Abuelita 179
With Neruda in the Desert 183
Weeping Saints 193
Memory Fever 205
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