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FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ Half of the World in Light ¶ For nearly four decades Juan Felipe Herrera has documented his experience as a Chicano in the United States and Latin America through stunning memorable poetry that is both personal and universal in its impact themes and approach Often political never fainthearted his career has been markedAlso includes an audio CD of the author reading twenty four selected poems aloud Serious scholars and readers alike will now have available to them a representative set of glimpses into his production as well as his origins and personal developmentThe ultimate value of bringing together such a collection however is that it will allow us to better understand and appreciate the complexity of what this major American poet is all abou. See NBCC Board Member Rigoberto Gonzalez's review at Critical Mass as part of 30 Books in 30 Days

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Herrera has evolved than almost any other Chicano poet always re inventing himself into a mature and seasoned voice Now in this unprecedented collection we encounter the trajectory of this highly innovative and original writer bringing the full scope of his singular vision into view Beginning with early material from A Certain Man and moving through thirteen of his collections into new previously unpublished work this assemblage. I will keep returning to these poems and re reading them not because they have become favorites but because I want to understand them and have found so many opaue They don't feel empty or facile though it's a strange this to take away from a poem that it reflects genuine craft even when I have only dim sense of what the author is saying and haven't experienced its intended effect But many of these feel like very good poems just inaccessible to me at least until I develop sense of context to understand what Herrera is doing or find a critical analysis that can open them up to me For example the series of loteria poems include great images and beautiful language but I don't understand the referents enough to tell what most of them are sayingSome of the simpler or universal poems I do like for example 'Arc' which reminds me of Cavafy's erotic poetry but in a present rather than a nostalgic moment; and 'Descending Tai Shan Mountain' in which the experience of being on the side of a sheer mountain serves as a metaphor for life generally

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Half of the World in LightFor nearly four decades Juan Felipe Herrera has documented his experience as a Chicano in the United States and Latin America through stunning memorable poetry that is both personal and universal in its impact themes and approach Often political never fainthearted his career has been marked by tremendous virtuosity and a uniue sensibility for uncovering the unknown and the unexpected Through a variety of stages and transformations. This collection of poems covers the years 1969 to the year of the book’s publication 2008 As a conseuence readers get to see the development of Herrera’s poems over a long period He has been described as being deeply grounded in his Chicano culture and this is certainly true He writes as the child of migrant farm workers but also as a politically aware Chicano activist He draws often on Aztlan themes and he clearly identifies with oppressed minorities in other parts of the world not just in the USHerrera’s poems are very personal to the point that they often become inaccessible especially for those not as knowledgeable about events in Latin America and also the AztecNahuatl heritage that he claims My four stars not five reflect my personal response to Herrera’s poems not his ability as a poet Herrera’s poems did not capture me the way that Mary Oliver my favorite captures me Nature not Aztlan calls to me However there is one exception really two poems that go together “Ơyeme Mamita Standing on 20th Harrison” describes in a heartbreaking manner how a loving parent can unwittingly crush the aspirations of an emerging artist “Remember when you told me one night in the early eighties ‘I am worried about you Juanito’ And I turned around from my miniature writing table second floor Capp Street apartment #10 and froze Your voice had a ruffled and serious timbre Recognized it and looked away from the small amber light about my head ‘I see you looking at yourself put letters on paper’ you said All my illusions of being a poet shrank the wings of the eagle writer that sees all twittered into the shadow of a sparrow a wavy blot of cold ink on a yellow legal pad” Every artist who had to struggle to fulfill hisher vision who has been told that art is okay as a hobby but making a good living must always come first that aspiring to be an artist means you are pretentious or just silly will strongly relate to this Later later later many poems later Herrera writes another poem “Ơyeme Mamita I am that paperI am that paper I am those words now the ink burns pyres in every cellWhen I look out to the trees the long winding streets of Tortilla Flats asthey shoot to the hills and cut the electric rails of the Muni buses to thetowers and Twin Peaks the fog and into the sky haze I see your signs I readyour voice now I do YesƠyeme Mamita óyeme now that you are gone into the deep and silentluminous fallen side of the night Ơyeme”Juan Felipe Herrera found his voice his words his paper and his ink He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2015 to 2017