Other Fugitives and Other Strangers

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Tupelo Press, 2006 - Poetry - 78 pages
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"A brilliant poet of two nations, he is a treasure found."-Sandra McPherson A testimony of sexuality in times of violence, this journey into the intimate language of the male body is freighted with danger and desire and expressed through a dark eroticism reminiscent of Garcia Lorca and Cavafy. "Breads That Hunger" Acirc; I make love to a man with a button fetish. Correction: a man makes love to my shirt. He yanks each piece of plastic with his teeth and swallows it, then inserts the cusp of his tongue into the buttonhole. I slip out of the sleeves and off the bed and he scarcely notices. Later, he comes looking for me; my shirt slumped across his shoulder. It looks as if I have shed my skin-the fantasy of meeting the train on the rusty tracks comes to life. Buttonless, I have been stripped of everything that holds me together. He tells me he can replace the shirt. I tell him he can keep me.

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The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and of various international artists' residencies, Gonzales is also a member of PEN and of the National Book Critics Circle. He reviews books by Latina/o authors for the El Paso Times, is Associate Professor of English and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is Contributing Editor to Poets & Writers.

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