The Mountain in the Sea

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Renowned for his pioneering mixture of both Spanish and English in poetry and prose, Victor Hernández Cruz has now incorporated Arabic language and North African culture into his unique poetic idiom. As Cruz builds poetic bridges between Arab-influenced Spain, Spanish-influenced North Africa, African—influenced Puerto Rico, and an electrified Latino New York, he uncovers the confluence between their various geographies, histories, languages, and mythologies.

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Renowned for his pioneering mixture of both Spanish and English in poetry and prose, Victor Hernández Cruz has now incorporated Arabic language and North African culture into his unique poetic idiom. As Cruz builds poetic bridges between Arab-influenced Spain, Spanish-influenced North Africa, African—influenced Puerto Rico, and an electrified Latino New York, he uncovers the confluence between their various geographies, histories, languages, and mythologies.

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This internationally known Nuyorican poet born in Puerto Rico starts his new collection with poems on Morocco, then proceeds to portray such figures as Jorge Luis Borges, who "in the audio mandala of his house" took "narrative as a wife," as well as Ramon Mongo Santamaria and the medieval philosopher Averro s with his "Berber bones," "Arab nose," and "Romance blood." Cruz is energized by the infusion of cultures he observes around him. Spaniards are more Spanish for their association with the Arabs, Arabs grew wiser for associating with the Greeks, and the Christianity of the poet's ancestors and the Islam of his Moroccan wife both descend from Judaism. The poet recalls newsreels of "Europe's barbarous cold murder" at the same time his grandmother's brown hands spliced tobacco in the tropics. A third section includes "Tricofero," for his father, who died in 2005. If you want illusions, the poet says, go watch Walt Disney. If you want to see the face of humanity, "talk to my father Severo," whose illiterate mother misspelled his name when she registered his birth. Mature and inspiring poetry for a global consciousness.-Jack Shreve, Allegany Coll. of Maryland, Cumberland, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781566891912
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Cruz is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion poet featured in Bill Moyers' "Language of Life" series whose most recent collection, Maraca, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall and Griffin Poetry Prizes. Five-years-old when he moved with his family from Puerto Rico to New York, Cruz now divides his time between Morocco, Puerto Rico, and the US.

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Table of Contents

The crust of the island 3
Asilah 9
Fez 13
Al-Maghrib 17
The Medina poems 17
Rafael Hernandez 33
Felipe Rodriguez 36
Sylvia Rexach I 39
Sylvia Rexach II 41
Trio Los Condes 43
Miro 46
Eisenhower 49
Vigo Martin 52
The Harptones 55
Noro Morales 58
Pedro Salinas 61
La Virgen de la Monserrate 65
Cabeza de Vaca 68
Ricardo Ray y Bobby Cruz 71
Jorge Luis Borges 74
La Virgen de Guadalupe 77
Don Quijote 79
Ibn Rushd - Averroes 84
Mongo Santamaria 87
Island waves 91
Tricofero (hair of my father) 94
The town in the mountain 102
Blue boat 104
Haikus 106
Hands 108
Still life 113
The six poured 116
Traveling signals 118
There is nothing but this 122
Old movies 124
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