Pity the Drowned Horses by Sheryl Luna
(The Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize)

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Pity the Drowned Horses is the winner of the first Andres Montoya Poetry Prize. This collection is about place and many of the poems in it are set in the desert southwest on the U.S./Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. Sheryl Luna’s poems are also about family and home within the broader context of the border as both a bridge and a barrier. They deal with the bilingual and bicultural city and how a place is longed for and viewed very differently as the observer changes and experiences other cultures.
The first two sections of poems focus on home and family. They show that, despite poverty and geographical isolation, the border towns of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez are places of beauty and promise. The third section explores cultures: how anxiety over aesthetic judgments, values, and difference are negotiated. The final section is one of praise and recognition that despite differences we are all longing for faith and a place to call home.

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Published February 15, 2005 by University of Notre Dame Press. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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& even inthat quick departure as the life rushes on,headlong or backwards, there must, mustbe some singing as the hand waves “be well”to its other hand, goodbye;& the ear belongs to the field now.& we cannot separate the roof from the heartfrom the trees that were there, standing.& so it is, ...

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