Maraca by Victor Hernández Cruz
New and Selected Poems, 1965-2000

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Seeds of imagination turn into magical rhythms in this collection spanning thirty-five years.

Born in Puerto Rico in 1949, Victor Hernández Cruz moved to New York at the age of six, but he has retained the memories of hearing the men in his family read novels and poems aloud as they rolled cigars in the steamy Caribbean heat. These tropical and urban vistas have informed a body of work that has dazzled readers since a twenty-year-old Cruz exploded onto the national scene with Snaps (Random House). Cruz has become an important exponent of the use of "Spanglish" in contemporary literature, and his appearance on the Bill Moyers's Language of Life PBS series has cemented his reputation as one of the significant poets of our time.

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About Victor Hernández Cruz

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Cruz is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion poet featured in Bill Moyers' "Language of Life" series whose most recent collection, Maraca, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall and Griffin Poetry Prizes. Five-years-old when he moved with his family from Puerto Rico to New York, Cruz now divides his time between Morocco, Puerto Rico, and the US.
Published October 1, 2001 by Coffee House Press. 300 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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And while bilingual work that jump-cuts across codes is now commonplace, Cruz's idioms hit highs and lows effortlessly, singularly and with political bite: "Percolating out of edam cheese/ Curaçao coconut bridge/ Colonialism is always/ Take and get/ Energy colonizes the cream."

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