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This collection from Arroyo (creative writing, Univ. of Toledo) contains poems from his first 13 books, plus 19 new poems covering 20 years of his poetic output. Proudly Puerto Rican (though born in Chicago) and unabashedly gay, Arroyo re-creates an autobiographical trajectory with poems that are fresh, brief, direct, and nonexperimental. Permeating the retrospective are his major themes of his experience as a Puerto Rican living in the United States ("Columbus's Children") and as a gay man ("Details as Revelations"). He pays homage to the influence of literary figures-Pablo Neruda, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, and, with an almost idolatrous admiration, Reinaldo Arenas, the noted exiled Cuban writer who killed himself before AIDS did-and of contemporary pop culture figures like Enrique Iglesias, Madonna, and Bruce Springsteen. A good introduction to Arroyo's work that may entice readers to consult the full body of the works included; libraries will appreciate the double whammy of a candidate equally at home in Latino collections as in gay ones.