Beautiful Wall by Ray Gonzalez

By Ray Gonzalez

WINNER OF THE 2016 MINNESOTA publication AWARD FOR POETRY

"[Beautiful Wall] is infused with mythos and formality, even if it’s a pilgrim discovering respite contained in the fresh sanctuary of a cathedral’s coloration, or a vacationer analyzing historical ruins...Gonzalez keeps his precious function in American literature.”

-Diego Báez, Booklist

“Gonzalez has a fashion of mixing the paranormal with the typical and nature with the area of the relatives to supply poems lush with empathy.”

-Library Journal

"Gonzalez...has proven himself as a author of place....[In his poems] panorama turns into a palimpsest the place no unmarried narrative reigns."

-Publishers Weekly

Beautiful Wall takes us on a profound trip in the course of the deserts of the Southwest the place the ever-changing normal panorama and an competitive border tradition rewrite intolerance and ethnocentric concept into human background. Inextricably associated with his Mexican ancestry and American upbringing, Ray Gonzalez's new assortment mounts the wall among the present realities of violence and politics, and a gorgeous, never-to-be-forgotten past.

Ray Gonzalez is the writer of fifteen books of poetry. The recipient of diverse awards, together with a 2002 Lifetime success Award from the Southwest Border local Library organization, he's a professor on the collage of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Which brings us back to Ontario: the colder the country the less it smells. Welcome, the silver age of the stereo. And so he withdrew into the phone conversations that consumed the night with hardly a voice on the other line. There were those who fell asleep a bit to hear his words eroding in the black stream, vanishing into music and back. 4. As a child he had the gift of numbers, not merely the ledgers of sticks and circles, but the calculus of rain, the thunder’s mass divided by a flash of hail, the chirping of May frogs at his window raised to the power of clouds in April; in short, he knew how certain measures go to pieces, how they drug themselves and spill into a kind of music.

Who would not dip again into skies like this, into bowls of virtual fountains we drank and lost our face to. I want to say the silver at the bottom is how I felt beside a girl once, our beaded skins drying in the night air. Slowly my shadow flew back into my chest, feathering the buried wings of lungs, and I repeated her name for the pulse it made. Who was that boy after all. And when (the hand asks of every body it explores) when will seasons mend the difference between happiness and olive trees, between sharpened stars and pleasure; who will claim us the way night claims an open window, its vines unburdened, releasing their scent.

55 The Quick I have just received The Mystery of Human Life, a pamphlet from a lay believer who wants the Word to enter me, to work its will the way the hand of God, pictured below, enraptures the glove of a soul, a body, the things we say, so that our outward selves might be His, heaven’s puppets blown to life with phantom voices.

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