Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition: Toward a 21st Century Poetics

Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition: Toward a 21st Century Poetics

by Rigoberto Gonzalez


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472036974
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 09/28/2017
Series: Poets on Poetry Series
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rigoberto González is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Additionally, he has published children’s books, fiction, and nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Among many honors, he has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. In 2017, González was selected as the inaugural Stan Rubin Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Rainier Writing Workshop and as the Reid Writer at Fordham University for the 2017–2018 academic year.

Table of Contents

Critical Essays 1

Latino Poetry: Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition 3

Alurista: Toward a Chicano Poetics 17

The Twenty-First-Century Queer Chicano Poetics of Eduardo C. Corral 30

The Double Doors into J. Michael Martinez's Heredities 43

Hayden's Mexico 53

The Blatino Poetics of Aracelis Girmay 59

Insert [gay black] boy 73

Queer Immigrant World, Queer Immigrant Word 83

Mexica Warrior: The Amerindian Vision of Natalie Diaz 95

Critical Reviews 105

Publishers on a Mission: Three Excellent Debut Poets 107

Powerful Debuts by Three African American Poets 118

On Karankawa and The Animal Too Big to Kill 126

Midcareer: Three Poets and Their Four Books 134

Twelve Essential Latino Poetry Books 148

Juan Felipe Herrera's Global Voice and Vision 170

Critical Grace Notes 183

The Activist Role of the Writer 185

The Writer's Journey: A Motivation 194

Poetry Brings out the Mexican in Me 201

Unpeopled Edens 208

Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement Speech 216

Erotic Light, Amor Oscuro: On the Queer Poetics of Francisco X. Alarcón and His Muse, Federico García Lorca 220

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