Excerpt from "Glimpse Between Waking and Sleeping"
“Son, are you awake?”
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Rigoberto González has written two poetry books: So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks, a National Poetry Series selection, and Other Fugitives and Other Strangers; two children’s books: Soledad Sigh-Sighs and Antonio’s Card; the novel Crossing Vines, winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Fiction Book of the Year Award; and a memoir, Butterfly Boy. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and of various international artist residencies, he writes a monthly Latino book column, now in its third year, for the El Paso Times of Texas. He is contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine, and an Associate Professor of English and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Visit his website: www.rigobertogonzalez.com.
"So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks by Rigoberto González is a poetic 'remembrance of things past,' a rare combination of beauty and craft, employed in the service of memory." — Ai
"This book is a magnificent debut. Rigoberto González's
poems shock me—they regale with the charming particulars of death and
constant loss, of a world of love, bonds between people, but no safety.
González has a sensitivity to tragedy that sounds as ancient as
it does personal and immediate. His knowledge of the spirituality of
working, of almost mystically odd professions, gives us stories and characters
we've never encountered before. A brilliant poet of two nations, he is
a treasure found." — Sandra McPherson
“Rigoberto González, paying homage to Tomás Rivera’s 1971 . . . y no se lo tragó la tierra, brings the Chicano novel back to its source. In a debut that distills a unique poet’s sensibility, this novel intertwines the sixties and nineties to explore farm workers’ lives and their experience with la huelga. González courageously tackles issues such as labor, assimilation, sexuality, and the tension between the self and the world—a milestone!”—Ilan Stavans, author of The Hispanic Condition and On Borrowed Words
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