After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties

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Luis Omar Salinas

Late Evening Conversation with My Friend's Dog,
Moses, After Watching Visconti's The Innocent

Moses, who is there to save us
from the crickets, those small gods
in armor, nagging some vague truths
transient as Visconti's light
through the arbors of grapes and lilac?
I think the loquats have been sleeping
like our guardian angels and
who is to say what the moon is thinking?
Or the lost fragments of our hearts?
It could all be the end of air
in liquor, rain, or self-indulgence.
You could complain about each leaf
of the apricot, falling. I too
could catalog each woman that failed
to save me, and we both could be
as melancholy as clouds. Moses,
there are no prophecies in the sky,
only this earth, its gray at our
fingertips. Let's stop bitching
about death and the light of the lovers
on the veranda next door. I want
to explain, as you should too, about
the meekness of all the nights that
have passed, burnt-out stars or storms.
We must take control of the air
and breathe as only we can

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction xv
  • Francisco Alarcón 3
  • Jimmy Santiago Baca 11
  • Cordelia Candelaria 15
  • Ana Castillo 18
  • Rosemary Catacalos 25
  • Lorna Dee Cervantes 33
  • Lucha Corpi 42
  • Carlos Cumpián 48
  • Angela De Hoyos 53
  • Martín Espada 55
  • Alicia Gaspar De Alba 64
  • Rebecca Gonzales 75
  • Ray González 80
  • Víctor Hernández Cruz 90
  • Juan Felipe Herrera 101
  • Rita Magdaleno 111
  • Demetria Martínez 119
  • Víctor Martínez 124
  • Pat Mora 130
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer 135
  • Leroy Quintana 143
  • Antonia Quintana Pigño 146
  • Naomi Quiñónez 155
  • Alberto Ríos 162
  • Luis J. Rodríguez 170
  • Leo Romero 179
  • Benjamin Sáenz 188
  • Luis Omar Salinas 194
  • Gary Soto 206
  • Carmen Tafolla 213
  • Ernesto Trejo 220
  • Robert Vasquez 226
  • Alma Luz Villanueva 234
  • Tino Villanueva 241
  • Biographical Notes 247
  • Acknowledgments 255
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