A new review from Booklist's Diego Báez praises BOA author Ray Gonzalez and "his invaluable role in American literature." The review focuses on Gonzalez's new book, Beautiful Wall, his seventh collection of poetry from BOA Editions. "Gonzalez, a celebrated and prolific poet, delivers another rich volume of exquisite verse, focusing on the beauty and ambiguity of walls, both literal and metaphorical." Báez notes that Gonzalez's speaker "considers the epidemic of violence that plagues the U.S.-Mexico border," but also "balances this severity with a roster of creative beacons, referring often to artists and authors from around the globe." The result of this "balance," says Báez, is "an international tapestry of inspiration, including Chilean polymath Nicanor Parra, German language lyricist Paul Celan, and Argentine avant-gardist Julio Cortázar." Cultivating a "unique vision and voice," Gonzalez's world in Beautiful Wall is at times viciously real, yet also "infused with mythos and ritual, whether it's a pilgrim finding respite inside the refreshing sanctuary of a cathedral's shade, or a tourist inspecting ancient ruins." The review concludes: "Along with such fellow Chicano poets as Alberto Ríos and Juan Felipe Herrera, Gonzalez continues his invaluable role in American literature." Check out Beautiful Wall (and much more from Ray Gonzalez) at the BOA Bookstore!
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