Wisdom is the touchstone and center of this book, or more specifically, our own ongoing search for wisdom, both sacred and earthly. A fascinating read.
– North American Review
Soul Over Lightning is a spiritual exploration of the Earth and of the human mind. It is a carving into the wood of Ray Gonzalez's commitment to language, poetry and his roots.
— Puerto Del Sol
A prolific author of numerous genres, including essays, memoir, and poetry, Gonzalez brings vibrant imagery and aesthetic allusions to his thirteenth poetry collection, a rekindling of the poet's quest to find home, located somewhere between his birthplace of El Paso and his adopted metropolis of Minneapolis.
There's a restraint here, a lyrical sparseness that leans toward a meditational zen-like medicine of a high order.
—Timothy Liu, author of Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse
Set largely in the desert Southwest of his birth, Soul Over Lightning builds on Ray Gonzalez's impressive career of attention to the reciprocal relationship of people and place. For over thirty years, he's been at the forefront of this necessary investigation, and he continues to find new and fresh insights into our most fundamental and true selves. These poems range across artistic and personal touchstones; Rodin and Dali share the endeavor with Man Ray and Charles Mingus, lyric turns to prose and back, and everywhere meaning comes as a solitary arrival, with the coiled earth climbing into your heart / to welcome you home.
—John Gallaher, author of In a Landscape
This is a contemplative collection of poetry, a delving into the sacred, spiritual aspects and ideas of who we are.
—Tim Z. Hernandez, author of Mañana Means Heaven
In Soul Over Lightning, Ray Gonzalez reveals his unique genius for inhabiting the world of myth and symbol, so completely that words like myth and symbol start to feel extraneous. I mean that these are poems of the highest intensity, poems in which a lyric speaker both mourns and praises, but always balances deep feeling with expertly artful lines and sentences. Ray Gonzalez remains a major poet, and this is his best book.
—Peter Campion, author of El Dorado