Underground Heart: A Return to a Hidden Landscapeby Ray Gonzalez
"Returning home after a long absence is not always easy. For Ray Gonzalaz, it is more than a visit; it is a journey to the underground heart." "He has lived in other parts of the country for more than twenty years, but this award-winning poet now returns to the desert Southwest - a native son playing tourist - in order to unearth the hidden landscapes of family and… See more details below
"Returning home after a long absence is not always easy. For Ray Gonzalaz, it is more than a visit; it is a journey to the underground heart." "He has lived in other parts of the country for more than twenty years, but this award-winning poet now returns to the desert Southwest - a native son playing tourist - in order to unearth the hidden landscapes of family and race. As Gonzalez drives the highways of New Mexico and west Texas, he shows us a border culture rejuvenated by tourist and trade dollars, one that will surprise readers for whom the border means only illegal immigration, NAFTA, and the drug trade." Played out against a soundtrack of the Allman Brothers and The Doors, The Underground Heart takes readers on a trip through a seemingly barren landscape that teems with life and stories.
Border Regional Library Association honors Ray Gonzalez for lifetime contributions to literature of the Southwest!""The Underground Heart has won the Carr P. Collins Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, was named one of ten 'Best Southwest Books of the Year' by Southwest Books of the Year, a project sponsored by the Tucson-Pima Public Library, and was chosen as one of the Best Non-fiction Books of the Year by the Rocky Mountain News""Expatriate southwesterner Gonzalez returns to his stomping grounds to expatiate with passion and wisdom on rattlers, nuclear weapons, poverty, Chicano culture, cave drawings, the Alamo, and scorpions. . . . Powerful, poetic, troubling." Kirkus Reviews"Gonzalez finds catharsis in meticulously detailed descriptions, a quietly evocative approach that slowly and devastatingly reveals the paradoxical strangeness of what has become our everyday world." Speakeasy
Meet the Author
Ray Gonzalez is a professor of literature at the University of Minnesota, he is the author of 14 books and has also edited more than a dozen anthologies of poetry and fiction and is the recipient of the Carr P. Collins/Texas Institute of Letters Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award, the Western Heritage Award, the Latino Heritage Award, and the Minnesota Book Award.
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