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By Ray Gonzalez

WINNER OF THE 2016 MINNESOTA e-book AWARD FOR POETRY

"[Beautiful Wall] is infused with mythos and formality, even if it’s a pilgrim discovering respite contained in the fresh sanctuary of a cathedral’s color, or a vacationer analyzing historic ruins...Gonzalez keeps his useful position in American literature.”

-Diego Báez, Booklist

“Gonzalez has a fashion of mixing the paranormal with the typical and nature with the area of the kin to provide poems lush with empathy.”

-Library Journal

"Gonzalez...has tested himself as a author of place....[In his poems] panorama turns into a palimpsest the place no unmarried narrative reigns."

-Publishers Weekly

Beautiful Wall takes us on a profound trip throughout the deserts of the Southwest the place the ever-changing usual panorama and an competitive border tradition rewrite intolerance and ethnocentric suggestion into human heritage. Inextricably associated with his Mexican ancestry and American upbringing, Ray Gonzalez's new assortment mounts the wall among the present realities of violence and politics, and a stunning, never-to-be-forgotten past.

Ray Gonzalez is the writer of fifteen books of poetry. The recipient of various awards, together with a 2002 Lifetime success Award from the Southwest Border nearby Library organization, he's a professor on the collage of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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And with you writing isn’t even the main thing. I could readily believe that it is. With your pen too, you would create people. 45 Before what little figure are you sitting by your warm stove? Before the stiffly standing child that you separated from the cowering girl? And the boy with the tightly drawn-up knees that I like so much,—is he all finished? Whenever you write of such things, and of everything you want to, you do me good. I thank you so much and think of you in connection with only nice things.

I like best to eat it with butter, day in and day out. In fifteen minutes, the whole meal is ready, that is, boiling water must already have been made; it is put on hot then, and cooks fifteen to twenty minutes. If you send for a patent “all purpose” double boiler from a big household-goods store, you hardly need to stir it; the danger of burning is very slight then. Try it, give me a report. — For the rest, you know that I imagined an industrious day before that richly dreamed of supper. Isn’t that so?

I became the latter. A strong disposition toward excessive piety grew to a kind of madness under the influence of the spiritual loneliness and the coercion of an odious duty hard as fate. The blows I often en­ dured from mischievous comrades or coarse superiors I felt as happiness and went in for the idea of a false martyrdom. The continual excitement of this almost ecstatic joy in torment, the passing of the hours of recovery in the institution chapel, the excruciating sleeplessness of nights frantic with dreams—all that together was bound finally to exercise a detrimental influence upon my resistless growing organism.

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