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Giraffe on Fire (Camino del Sol) by [Juan Felipe Herrera]

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“The premier Chicano poet in America returns with an experiment in time and language. Long prose-poem sequences combine with Spanish texts and English fragments that blossom in galactic proportions. Herrera's poems lift the Mexican experience beyond its borders and drop it among terrains of surviving perception, where the voices of immigrants are the echoes of future boardroom lineups. Giraffe on Fire is a challenge of poetic codes, spoken colors, and linguistic formulas. It is the poetry of an artist who has moved beyond the plugged-in circus of his discoveries to find that his writing hands are wide open to the stars.”—Bloomsbury Review

“Although Herrera describes himself as a Chicano poet, the bilingual poems in
Giraffe on Fire have less to do with cultural identity than with issues of self and survival in a world marked by rapid flux. . . . His intricate narrative technique involves weaving the seemingly spontaneous grunts, howls, and imprecations of psyches undergoing forced transition.”—World Literature Today

“This is the poet in tune with the universe.”—Virgil Suárez

“Some of the most exquisite images one can find in U.S. Latino poetry.”—Lauro Flores, editor of
The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of U.S. Hispanic Literature --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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A poetic collage of voices, genres, and time-spaces. A display of power over language and rhythm. A postmodern performance of naked figures hanging in the nebulae of a militarized universe. A new millennium cubist manifesto against decrepit political machines. A mystic song in search of birth and love. In this new collection of poems, Juan Felipe Herrera's natural talent for capturing the raw dimensions of reality merges with his wild imagination and technical prowess. Things, names, places, histories, herstories, desires, wills, minds, and their effects and progeny are re-mixed, re-mastered, and re-cast into a new narrative theater. Characters in a constant and stubborn rush, appearance, disappearance, and flow-- with, against, and for each other-- create the fire and give birth to the hallucinatory spotted and leaf-eating, long-necked child. Exciting and original, cutting-edge and risk-taking, "Giraffe on Fire" is a breathtaking addition to a respected body of work by a poet not afraid to speak out about how poetry reflects the raw beauty and truth of life. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01LXC1MDE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Arizona Press (November 1, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 1, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4836 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 104 pages
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Juan Felipe Herrera was initiated into the Word by the fire-speakers of the early Chicano Movimiento and by heavy exposure to various poetry, jazz, and blues performance streams. He is the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California - Riverside. His published works include Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream, Mayan Drifter: Chicano Poet in the Lowlands of the Americas, and Thunderweavers / Tejedoras de Rayos.

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