Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. LGBT Studies. "There are infinite varieties/of saying no to geography." The Prodigal Son is the Other in the gray landscape of suburbia, the dystopian glamour of Los Angeles, the parched glitter of Palm Springs, the shadows of Paris, the traffic and noise of Accra--landscapes of dispossession and estrangement where the borders of memory and longing are permeable.
Set in agricultural, chicano neighborhoods of Modesto, California, where the poet grew up, as well as in gritty Hollywood streets, and hip downtown Los Angeles, these poems are beautiful and moving, telling the stories of real people, each one of whom is an "other country." There are allusions to fairy tales (Lorca, Walt Whitman, Colette, Rimbaud), tales of getting green crds, of small town drag queens, of landscape, love, and language.
About the Author
Ramon Garcia has published poetry in many journals and anthologies including The Americas Review, Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit (UK), The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of U.S.-Hispanic Literature, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. He is Associate Professor in Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge.