Beautiful Wall

Beautiful Wall

by Ray Gonzalez

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Overview

Beautiful Wall takes us on a profound journey through the deserts of the Southwest where the ever-changing natural landscape and an aggressive border culture rewrite intolerance and ethnocentric thought into human history. Inextricably linked to his Mexican ancestry and American upbringing, Ray Gonzalez's new collection mounts the wall between the current realities of violence and politics, and a beautiful, never-to-be-forgotten past.

Ray Gonzalez is the author of fifteen books of poetry. The recipient of numerous awards, including a 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southwest Border Regional Library Association, he is a professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938160837
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ray Gonzalez is the author of fifteen books of poetry, including six from BOA Editions: The Heat of Arrivals (1997 PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award), Cabato Sentora (2000 Minnesota Book Award Finalist), The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande (2003 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry), Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems (2005), Cool Auditor: Prose Poems (2009), and Beautiful Wall (2015). The University of Arizona Press has published eight of his books, including Turtle Pictures (Arizona, 2000), a mixed-genre text, which received the 2001 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. His poetry has appeared in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry (Scribners) and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2000 (Pushcart Press). Gonzalez is also the author of three collections of essays and two collections of short stories, and the editor of twelve anthologies, most recently Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Short Stories from the U.S. and Latin America (W.W. Norton). He has served as Poetry Editor for The Bloomsbury Review for thirty-five years and, in 1998, founded the poetry journal LUNA, which received a Fund for Poetry grant for Excellence in Publishing. He was awarded a 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southwest Border Regional Library Association, and is currently a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

A JUDGE ORDERS THE OPENING OF FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA’S GRAVE

PAUL CELAN’S ASHES

CHURCH

GODS IN THE ATTIC

BARREL CACTUS

LAST NIGHT

IN THE COTTONWOODS

THE MUD ANGELS, MESILLA, NEW MEXICO

LAS BRUJAS DE LA MESA, NEW MEXICO

HUMMINGBIRD ON THE PORCH

DOUBLE SEASONS

THE FIELDS OF LA MESILLA

ANTLERS IN THE TREE, LIVERMORE, COLORADO

TEACHER

STONE CUSHION

AXIS

THEY CALL THE MOUNTAIN CARLOS

THE BORDER IS A LINE

ONE EL PASO, TWO EL PASO

LANDSCAPE IS AN ABSTRACTION

STICKY MONKEY FLOWERS, MONTEREY BAY

JULIO CORTAZAR’S CAT

AGAIN

GIVE HISTORY A CHANCE

DRIVING PAST A MISSILE SILO NEAR LANGSDEN, NORTH DAKOTA

THE LYNCHING POSTCARD, DULUTH, MINNESOTA

FUCKING AZTECS, PALOMAS MEXICO

BURNING BREAST

TOUCH

STONE

THE DONKEY CART APPARITION, LAS TRUCHAS, NEW MEXICO

MEDITATION AT CANUTILLO

LIES

CROSSING NEW MEXICO WITH WELDON KEES

SNOW FIELDS ON FIRE

TO BE

THE SACRED FIRE

THE WAR MUSEUM

MY NEPHEW’S ARMY HELMET

THREE UNFINISHED MASTERPIECES

MAX ERNST WITH HIS COLLECTION OF KACHINAS, NEW YORK, 1936

RENE CHAR PAINTS ON A PIECE OF BARK DURING A NIGHT OF INSOMNIA

THE SOUL CAN’T PAINT ITSELF

BALD EAGLE NORTH OF SHELBY, MONTANA

THE PLAIN OF HOOVES

THE DRUMS

HOSPITAL

NICANOR PARRA

VIOLINS

17 YEAR OLD ROBERT ZIMMERMAN ATTENDS A BUDDY HOLLY CONCERT IN DULUTH, MINNESOTA, JANUARY 31, 1959

BOB DYLAN’S NEWPORT GUITAR

DUANE ALLMAN WITH THE CROSS

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART LEAVES HIS BODY

INVISIBLE GUITAR

DRIVING AROUND EL PASO, MARVIN GAYE’S “WHAT’S GOING ON” COMES ON THE RADIO

ZODIACAL LIGHT

THE FACE OF THE SUN

HAIR

MAX JACOB’S LEATHER COAT AND THE POSSIBILITY OF GRIEF

JACK KEROUAC BRINGS HIS MOTHER TO THE MEXICAN BORDER, 1957

SATELLITE

TWO HAWK SKIES IN MINNESOTA

THE EDGE OF THE WILDERNESS, NORTHERN COLORADO

THE DANCE

I ONCE KNEW THE BLACK RIDER

HUNCH BACK

A PERIOD OF ASHES

THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF LOVE

THE RICHES

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