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The Resource The book of what remains, Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The book of what remains, Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Label
The book of what remains
Title
The book of what remains
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Tone
Writing style
Review
In poems set along the border, Sáenz (Calendar of Dust ) reports his feelings—indeed, rage—about a variety of sociopolitical topics, including immigration. Using a conversational strategy, he delivers declarative, prosy lines, and the resulting confusion between poetry and speechmaking will blur the poet's voice for some readers. In most of these poems, Sáenz plays the role of performer or stand-up comedian in front of a zealous audience. His bitterness is reinforced by the overuse of certain words, such as spit : "Lenin! Lenin! ... Ahh, he's dead/ dead/ spit" and "This will give me an excuse to spit / When I am reading New York Times Book Review ." Poetry of anger has a long and honorable tradition, as exemplified recently by the Beats and Ginsberg in particular, but Sáenz is not always so successful in finding intense language and rich poetic imagery. VERDICT These poems will interest readers who enjoy heated political poetry and share Sáenz's convictions, but the moralizing tends to undermine the concept of poetry as an intellectual and passionate process to capture and reshape life.—Sadiq Alkoriji, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL --Sadiq Alkoriji (Reviewed April 15, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 7, p89)
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10805504
Cataloging source
DLC
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Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
Dewey number
811/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
poetry
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True
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  • Mexican Americans
  • Mexican-American Border Region
Target audience
adult
Label
The book of what remains, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
777429
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 125 pages
Isbn
9781556592973
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009041600
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781556592973
  • (OCoLC)454382559
Label
The book of what remains, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
777429
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 125 pages
Isbn
9781556592973
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009041600
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781556592973
  • (OCoLC)454382559

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