City of a Hundred Fires

City of a Hundred Fires

by Richard Blanco

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ISBN-13: 9780822978893
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 10/15/1998
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Richard Blanco was selected as the 2013 inaugural poet by President Barack Obama. He is the author of two other poetry collections: Directions to The Beach of the Dead, winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award; and Looking for The Gulf Motel. Exploring themes of Latino identity and place, Blanco's poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2000 and Best American Prose Poems and have been featured on NPR. He is a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, and has taught at Georgetown and American universities. A builder of cities and poems, Blanco is also a professional civil engineer.

Table of Contents

Contents I América Teatro Martí La Revolución at Antonio’s Mercado Mango, Number 61 El Malibú Islamorada Crayons for Elena Mail for Mamá Los Santos of the Living Room Mother Picking Produce The Lesson Shaving Letter to El Flaco on His Birthday Hola 324 Mendoza Avenue, #6 What Las Palmas Mean: La Bella Dama of Little Havana A Note About Sake The Silver Sands Photo Shop Contemplations at the Virgin de la Caridad Cafetería, Inc. II Havanasis Varadero en Alba The Road to Rancho Luna Havana 50s El Jagua Resort Last Night in Havana El Juan Partial List: Guantánamo Detainees Found Letters from 1965: El Año de la Agricultura The Reservoir Abuela Valdés El Cucubano Zafra The Morning Kill Tía Olivia Serves Wallace Stevens a Cuban Egg Décima Guajira Postcard to W. C.Williams from Cienfuegos Palmita Mía Palmita Mía (translation) Acknowledgments / Agradecimientos

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Guest More than 1 year ago
These poems remind me of the roots I have left behind, while simultaneously, enabling me to understand the implications of transplantation. At once inspirational and utterly raw, Blanco uses the collective memories of all exiles to reach our hearts, where the true 'home' lies.
McSusan More than 1 year ago
Richard Blanco, poet extraordinaire and Civil Engineer all in one. He dedicates this book to memories of his father. Based on his Cuban-American upbringing, he writes of his memories and experiences. He is able to laugh at what's funny about America from his perspective but through it all you feel a man that loves America. My favorite poems in this book were Crayons for Elena and Found Letters of 1965 but you will enjoy many others as well.