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The Ghost of Cesar Chavez

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#039;Don't be misled by the title of David Dominguez's THE GHOST OF CESAR CHAVEZ. This book has nothing to do with shade... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

#039;Don't be misled by the title of David Dominguez's THE GHOST OF CESAR CHAVEZ. This book has nothing to do with shades or specters. Dominguez's project is to reanimate the dead, to bring the lost souls of his past back to life. Dominguez celebrates the legacy of Cesar Chavez, and revivifies a host of forebears, lovers, friends and campesinos who populate his beloved San Joaquin Valley. Dominguez chronicles his family's resonant history, and he moves through his poems with such elegance and musical grace that reading them feels like dancing. The last, long section of his book details the toil and the joy of building a house, and when he beckons us to follow him through 'the scared hallways of home,' we do so with pleasure' --Gary Young.

Klappentext

By bringing us pear blossoms and knife blades, smells of salt and poison,

Dominguez weaves an artful web out of the opposites that hold us together.

History, both personal and communal, comes alive in the best way, here:

through our bodies. As easily as we feel sprinkler water puddle under our

toes, we also join Dominguez in the less sublime, but more poignantly

human condition of gluttony (a box of Cheez-Its in one sitting-how

often do you get to experience that guilty pleasure in a poem?). Even

in encouraging his students to dream beyond the packinghouse, he

foregrounds the physical: "Give them queso ranchero, and then, tell them

to share their words." Read and savor these poems; join Dominguez

"eating figs from the garden" on his backyard patio for a plática poética-

and finish fulfilled by the many ways his lively, compassionate narrations

both awaken and placate new hungers.

-Maria Melendez

"Gather them, my friend, the way a spirit gathers the scent of orange

blossoms." The friend in question is the late Chicano poet Andrés

Montoya. In other words, these poems are unapologetically rooted in

California's Central Valley where "watermelon [is] sprinkled with chili

powder," where by the end of one poem, the speaker is "leaves dripping

into a basin brimming with hose water /...sound rising up and touching

the stars." And yet in another piece, the speaker is "throw[ing] pizza

boxes like Frisbees / across the family room floor." That is: although

David Dominguez is a poet wedded to craft and specificity (and therefore

a solid poet indeed), The Ghost of César Chávez is rightly wedded to life,

which is why I enjoyed it so much. It's a book I'll buy to give away.

-Francisco Aragón



Zusammenfassung
By bringing us pear blossoms and knife blades, smells of salt and poison,Dominguez weaves an artful web out of the opposites that hold us together.History, both personal and communal, comes alive in the best way, here:through our bodies. As easily as we feel sprinkler water puddle under ourtoes, we also join Dominguez in the less sublime, but more poignantlyhuman condition of gluttony (a box of Cheez-Its in one sittinghowoften do you get to experience that guilty pleasure in a poem?). Evenin encouraging his students to dream beyond the packinghouse, heforegrounds the physical: "Give them queso ranchero, and then, tell themto share their words." Read and savor these poems; join Dominguez"eating figs from the garden" on his backyard patio for a plática poéticaand finish fulfilled by the many ways his lively, compassionate narrationsboth awaken and placate new hungers.Maria Melendez"Gather them, my friend, the way a spirit gathers the scent of orangeblossoms." The friend in question is the late Chicano poet AndrésMontoya. In other words, these poems are unapologetically rooted inCalifornia's Central Valley where "watermelon [is] sprinkled with chilipowder," where by the end of one poem, the speaker is "leaves drippinginto a basin brimming with hose water /sound rising up and touchingthe stars." And yet in another piece, the speaker is "throw[ing] pizzaboxes like Frisbees / across the family room floor." That is: althoughDavid Dominguez is a poet wedded to craft and specificity (and thereforea solid poet indeed), The Ghost of César Chávez is rightly wedded to life,which is why I enjoyed it so much. It's a book I'll buy to give away.Francisco Aragón

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Ghost of Cesar Chavez
Autor:
EAN: 9781936196326
ISBN: 978-1-936196-32-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Bookbaby
Genre: Lyrik
Anzahl Seiten: 112
Veröffentlichung: 15.08.2013
Jahr: 2010
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 0.5 MB