Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Not much other news, but here are some new book
The Mountain in the Sea: Poems by Victor Hernández Cruz
"[Cruz’s work] proves the extraordinary range of this great, enduring poet, whose articulately persuasive humor and intelligence bear persistent witness to a meld of peoples."
—Griffin Poetry Prize citation
Renowned for his pioneering mixture of both Spanish and English in poetry and prose, Victor Hernández Cruz has now incorporated Arabic language and North African culture into his unique poetic idiom. Divided into three sections, these poems explode with the energy of Cruz’s recent experiences in Northern Africa and paint vivid portraits of musicians, artists, writers, and religious and cultural figures that pay tribute to the New York of his youth and the wider world that he continues to explore.
As America attempts to understand its place in the world, many poets have been looking not at our differences, but at our connections. In The Mountain in the Sea, Cruz builds poetic bridges between an electrified Latino New York, African influenced Puerto Rico, Spanish influenced North Africa, and Arab-influenced Spain, uncovering the confluence our various geographies, histories, languages, and mythologies.
In the Break (Hardcover) (Little, Brown Young Readers July 12, 2006 ISBN: 0316008745) , Jack Lopez