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A pair of books, authored by Chicanos, that offer both interesting reading and a sense of where this kind of ethnic poetry is going. Baca's book is really two long poems, verging on the personal epic. At times it really works in a strong, haunting way, evoking an almost twilight and gritty sense of growing up as a ``de-tribalized apache'' in the Southwest. The sometimes prosaic reminiscences often leap to the vividly super-real, achieving a powerful, nightmarish quality: ``you picked up God's blue metal face/ and scattered the seed of your heart.'' Personification, as of La Muerte (Death), reminds us how close to the ``primitive'' and to other cultures this poetry is. Gonzalez's poetry is more lyrical and more conscious of ``Anglo'' literary tradition, though one senses his roots very strongly: ``you allowed final chaos to baptize/ the newly conquered tribes.'' Throughout there is a mingling of almost unconscious historical memory with seeming outgrowths of workshop poetry; Gonzalez is at his best when working with the former. In both poets it is gratifying to ``feel'' the force of alternate cultures in passionate and intelligent poetry. Ivan Arguelles, Univ. of California Lib., Berkeley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780961464318
  • Publisher: James Andrews & Company, Incorporated, Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 112

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