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ISBN13: 9781936767151
ISBN10: 1936767155
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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. "Alejandro Ventura's poems are full of intriguing combinations and surprising turns: a world of mangú-making, the paintings of Barnett Newman, baseball, Keats, the smell of grandmothers in an open pharmacy. A magician's hat of endless possibilities. The poems display a poet of capacious imagination, poised and skilled in his use of language, with an inviting playfulness, and an earned tenderness that touches the heart. It's magical realism meets Ashbery, but the result is his very own original voice. Alejandro Ventura takes us to an island that becomes our own as we read the poems in PUERTO RICO."—Julia Alvarez

"An impressive debut. Revealing it's author's keen, adroit sense of craft, delicacy of touch and tone, admirable candor, metaphorical inventiveness, and striking lyrical imagination, Alejandro Ventura's PUERTO RICO adds new nuance and inflection to the already rich harmonies and variously textured chorus of Puerto Rican and Diaspora Latino poets. Its vigorous blend of cerebral cool, sophisticated polish, and 'no more cynicism than was necessary' introduces readers to an arresting realm, 'a dream country...bound to the horizon.'"—Roberto Marquez

About the Author

Alejandro Ventura was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to Dominican parents. He was raised by his mom, Nora, his Puerto Rican stepdad, Samuel, and his two older brothers, Jaime and Eduardo, in the suburbs of New Jersey. He grew up reading comics and playing video games, dreaming of girls and a world commensurate with the promises of literature. Alejandro is currently participating in DIY revitalizing efforts in the DC and Baltimore literary and art scenes.

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joe.betz.ii, March 3, 2013 (view all comments by joe.betz.ii)
I enjoyed this book, though like many books of poetry it has hits and misses. A full review can be found at Open Letters Monthly, a solid online journal:
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Ventura, Alejandro
Brooklyn Arts Press
General Poetry
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