Touching the Fire; Fifteen Poets of Today's Latino Renaissance

Touching the Fire; Fifteen Poets of Today's Latino Renaissance

by Ray Gonzalez
     
 

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As we approach the new century, Latino poetry is in the midst of its most vital and productive period. Poetry by Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans has changed the course of contemporary American writing forever.  And it has done this by emphasizing poetry as the sound of everyday life—showing readers and other writers that the

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As we approach the new century, Latino poetry is in the midst of its most vital and productive period. Poetry by Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans has changed the course of contemporary American writing forever.  And it has done this by emphasizing poetry as the sound of everyday life—showing readers and other writers that the most effective manner of preserving the traditions of a culture comes from the colorful language of daily experience.

Touching the Fire recognizes the excitement of this movement by focusing on a few of its major poets, presenting a substantial portion of each poet's work.  Some of these poets—Martin Espada, Lorna Dee Cervantes, and Victor Hernandez Vruz, for example—have been writing and publishing a long time.  Some are only starting their careers.  But they were all chosen because they best represent the strongest elements of modern Latino poetry—a confidence of language in its many forms, a gift for shattering emotional honesty, and an ear for the rhythms of a vibrant culture.

Featuring the poetry of:

Sandra M. Castillo
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Victor Hernandez Cruz
Silvia Curbelo
Juan Delgado
Martin Espada
Diana Garcia
Richard Garcia
Ray Gonzalez
Maurice Kilwein Guevara
Juan Felipe Herrera
Dionisio D. Martinez
Valerie Martinez
Gloria Vando

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Gonzalez, veteran poet and anthologist (Muy Macho: Latino Men Confront Their Manhood, LJ 6/15/96), here submits substantial portions of the work of 15 Latino poets, evenly divided between men and women. The poets stand on their own merits, for neither their ancestral nationalities nor their birth years are normally made reference to. Emphasis is on a return from the outer limits of experimentalism and on replicating the rhythms of American daily life. Typical of the collection's excellence are Juan Felipe Herrera's surrealistic "When He Believed Himself To Be a Young Girl Lifting the Skin of the Water"; Gloria Vando's powerful allegory of a small boy's relationship with his father in "Father's Day"; and Judith Ortiz Cofer's re-creation of her childhood search for the mystery of her Aunt Clotilde's beauty in "The Lesson of the Teeth." Recommended for all collections.Jack Shreve, Allegany Coll. of Maryland, Cumberland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385478625
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ANCHOR
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Ray Gonzalez is an award-winning poet, essayist, and editor born in El Paso, Texas.  He is the author of the memoir Memory Fever: A Journey Beyond El Paso del Norte, and four books of poetry. Gonzalez has edited sixteen anthologies, most recently, Muy Macho.  He is assistant professor of English and Latin American studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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