Slow Lightning

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Eduardo C. Corral is the 2011 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, joining such distinguished previous winners as Adrienne Rich, W. S. Merwin, and John Ashbery. Corral is the first Latino poet to win the competition.

Seamlessly braiding English and Spanish, Corral's poems hurtle across literary and linguistic borders toward a lyricism that slows down experience. He employs a range of forms and phrasing, bringing the vivid particulars of his experiences as a ...

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Overview

Eduardo C. Corral is the 2011 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, joining such distinguished previous winners as Adrienne Rich, W. S. Merwin, and John Ashbery. Corral is the first Latino poet to win the competition.

Seamlessly braiding English and Spanish, Corral's poems hurtle across literary and linguistic borders toward a lyricism that slows down experience. He employs a range of forms and phrasing, bringing the vivid particulars of his experiences as a Chicano and gay man to the page. Although Corral's topics are decidedly sobering, contest judge Carl Phillips observes, "one of the more surprising possibilities offered in these poems is joy."

From "Self-Portrait with Tumbling and Lasso"

I'm a cowboy

        riding bareback

My soul is

        whirling

above my head like a lasso.

        My right hand

a pistol. My left

        automatic. I'm knocking

on every door.

        I'm coming on strong . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This debut does many things: there are melancholy poems about love between men in the age of HIV, sonnets in strict and forceful rhyme, poems addressed to paintings and art installations, poems that mix English and Spanish, elegies and protests, and difficult family memories. Corral rarely repeats a form: beyond sonnets, there are clipped, blocklike texts, page-long chants, lines squeezed down to nothing (“The soul,/ like semen,/ escapes/ the body/ swiftly”) and hard-edged, digressive free verse: “The sand calls out for more footprints./ A crack in a boulder/ can never be an entrance/ to a cathedral/ but a mouse can be torn open/ like an orange.” There is outrage against the border-related policies that keep on killing Mexicans and other immigrants, and there is tenderness expressed toward erotic partners and toward artistic allies, from Frida Kahlo to the avant-garde disco cellist Arthur Russell. Finally the binational struggles of migrants can seem to stand for other struggles in life, erotic, familial and literary: “my love took me through the desert. My breath/ crumbling like bread.” Corral’s first book is also the first pick for the venerable Yale Series of Younger Poets from new judge Carl Phillips. (Apr.)
Booklist
He mixes colloquial Spanish and English, and he packs many, many lines with sharp, sensual, specific imagery—this is Technicolor poetry. . . .  Very engaging.—Ray Olson, Booklist

— Ray Olson

El Paso Times
A classic in the making.—Rigoberto González, El Paso Times

— Rigoberto González

Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation
Winner of the 2011 Whiting Writers Award, as given by the Whiting Foundation.

— Whiting Writers' Award

New York Times Book Review
When I finished [Slow Lightning] I bawled. Wise and immense.—Junot Diaz, The New York Times Book Review

— Junot Diaz

El Paso Times - Rigoberto Gonzalez
“A classic in the making.”—Rigoberto González, El Paso Times
Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation - Whiting Writers' Award
Winner of the 2011 Whiting Writers Award, as given by the Whiting Foundation.
New York Times Book Review - Junot Diaz
“When I finished [Slow Lightning] I bawled. Wise and immense.”—Junot Diaz, The New York Times Book Review
JM Northern Media LLC - New York Book Festival

Honorable Mention, Poetry category at the 2013 New York Book Festival sponsored by JM Northern Media LLC.
El Paso Times - Rigoberto González

“A classic in the making.”—Rigoberto González, El Paso Times
El Paso Times - Rigoberto Gonz�lez

“A classic in the making.”—Rigoberto González, El Paso Times
Lambda Literary Review

“By any standard, Slow Lightning is an impressive debut, a gathering of powerful and often defiant poems that are paradoxically realized through formal control.”—Lambda Literary Review
Booklist - Ray Olson

"He mixes colloquial Spanish and English, and he packs many, many lines with sharp, sensual, specific imagery—this is Technicolor poetry. . . .  Very engaging."—Ray Olson, Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300178937
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: Yale Series of Younger Poets , #106
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 298,629
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eduardo C. Corral's poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry, as well as other journals and anthologies. He received a Discovery/The Nation award and was selected for residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He lives in southern Arizona.

Carl Phillips is the award-winning author of eleven books of poetry, including Speak Low, which was a National Book Award finalist. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. This is his first year as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

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