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

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

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)

About 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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