THE RELIGION OF HANDS

Author:   Ray Gonzalez
Publisher:   University of Arizona Press
ISBN:  

9780816524037


Pages:   160
Publication Date:   15 March 2005
Format:   Paperback
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A man doesn t sleep with the moon. He sleeps with his hunger, gathers bowls of avocados and wipes his lips with his sins. The Religion of Hands does not foster sleep. Look quickly and you will catch the hint of a fox streaking in front of your car's headlights at night. Look more carefully out your bedroom window and you may see your life going by, lost loved ones waving hello. Who were you when the stars were misinterpreted as the fingertips of God? Ray Gonzalez blends symbolic play with lyrical beauty as he works from a vast and complex palette to infuse popular culture with myth. The Religion of Hands is imbued with magic realism: a suffocating dream of tamales, mysterious reptilian allusions, a man who finds God walking down the stairs to hand him an old, tattered phonebook from the year he was born. It offers strange prophecies: A steady vegetation will grow across the empire as more homeboys are killed in drive-bys...Microscopic scratches on an old vinyl record will form a message discovered in twenty more years when the album is bought at a garage sale. And in 14 flash fictions, it tells of a tiny old man kept in a glass jar, an accordion stored in an old family trunk, tales of sharks and bandits. The religion of hands has its own unspoken sacraments. The fingers take over, teaching whoever holds the moment that the rapid weight of the open hands is a dangerous way to live. Seamlessly, effortlessly, multi-dexterously, Ray Gonzalez spins words that speak our very dreams.

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Author:   Ray Gonzalez
Publisher:   University of Arizona Press
Imprint:   University of Arizona Press
Dimensions:   Width: 14.10cm , Height: 1.00cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.230kg
ISBN:  

9780816524037


ISBN 10:   0816524033
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   15 March 2005
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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Winner of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award for Best Poetry in English His words are engaging, hypnotizing, refreshing, and sometimes startling -- Minnesota (University of Minnesota)


The Religion of Hands crosses boundaries of time, place, voice and phenomena. The range is amazing, the voice-work is subtle, engaging, and true to the story-poem-flash. This is his Sensorium; artifact, museum, taste, hunger, neumena, matter, spirit, myth, dream, story, photo, paint, line. Indeed, Gonzalez's Ars Poetica table is vast, complex, and delightful, most of all.


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Ray Gonzalez is a professor of literature at the University of Minnesota, he is the author of 14 books and has also edited more than a dozen anthologies of poetry and fiction and is the recipient of the Carr P. Collins/Texas Institute of Letters Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award, the Western Heritage Award, the Latino Heritage Award, and the Minnesota Book Award.

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