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Elegy for Desire (Camino del Sol: A Latina and Latino Literary)

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The most difficult poems to write

Are those of love and those of death.

Im half in love and half dead.

It stands to reason that Ive come upon a difficult task. Despite his disclaimer, it seems no difficult task at all. One of the pioneers of Chicano poetry and a highly esteemed artist in the Mexican American community, Luis Omar Salinas is a poet with Tex-Mex bordertown roots whose work is studied at the Sorbonne. Beginning with his legendary first book, Crazy Gypsy, he has been a major figure not only in Chicano literature but in all of American poetry—both a poet of the people and a voice for other poets. In Elegy for Desire, Salinas has crafted visionary poems about growing older and looking back on a rich life of poetry. In this quiet yet hallucinatory volume, Salinas offers us a prismatic collection of odes, elegies, and cantos of desire—complex poems about our place in the world. Poems to be savored in solitude, or better still with an intimate companion. Few poets, Latino or otherwise, are as daring with love poetry that is so honestly fierce. Salinas gives us a meditation on gently aging while continuing to celebrate personal experience that draws upon the world. One need only sample these rich, elegant stanzas to recognize the wealth of wisdom found in their words. Elegy for Desire is a testament to a singular talent that has survived for decades . . . and will continue to inspire long beyond his lifetime. The dead cant complain, and lovers always do.

Well, Im here, and that is important.

And if life can be as exciting as this,

I must be doing something right.

About the Author

Luis Omar Salinas was born in Robstown, Texas, and while a teenager moved with his family to California. One of the leaders of the "Fresno School" of poets, he is the author of seven other books. He lives in Sanger, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816524624
Author:
Salinas, Luis Omar
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
American - Hispanic American
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Camino del Sol: A Latina and Latino Literary
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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