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Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses: Poems

 
 
 
 
Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses: Poems
Author: Alberto Rios
ISBN 13: 9780393308099
ISBN 10: 39330809
Edition: N/A
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1992-03-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
List Price: $16.95
 
 

"Boldly playful, gymnastic and surreal."—Leslie Ullman, Kenyon Review

Library Journal

To claim, as does the promotion, that ``the marvelous and the real hold hands in this collection'' is an overstatement. There is nothing marvelous in the flat, minimalist lines, characterized by a staccato voice using at the maximum six uncharged words per line. There is a sense of place here, presumably the Mexican-American Southwest, but the ordinary is so prevalent throughout that even that sense is destroyed. Most of the titles convey a banal quality: ``Not Shaving on Some Days,'' ``What a Boy Can Do,'' ``Waiting for My Mother,'' ``Fixing Tires,'' ``How She Finds Me,'' etc. These poems offer no enigmas, no magic, no insights, no depth, no tension, and only a marginal sense of human drama. Devoid of subtlety and innovation, the language and structure might as well be prose. Our young Chicano/Latino poets are well advised to read Vallejo or Philip Lamatia's Touch of the Marvelous instead.-- Ivan Arguelles, Univ. of California at Berkeley