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Camino del Sol

Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing
Rigoberto González

Contents


Camino del Sol: Lighting a Path
for Chicano/Latino Literature in the New Millennium         1


Poetry

Francisco X. Alarcón
From the Other Side of Night/Del otro lado de la noche
  1. Del otro lado de la noche/ From the Other Side of Night         19
  2. Plegaria de amor/Love Plea         20
  3. ¡Tlazoltéotl!         21
  4. ¡Tlazoltéotl!         22
  5. Oración del desierto/Desert Prayer         23
Rane Arroyo
Home Movies of Narcissus
  1. Amateur Filmmaker         24
  2. People of the Piñata         26
  3. That Flag         27
Richard Blanco
Directions to the Beach of the Dead
  1. When I Was a Little Cuban Boy         28
  2. Translation for Mamá         29
Albino Carrillo
In the City of Smoking Mirrors
  1. H. Writes to His Brother to Assure Him of         31
    Continuous Comfort in the Afterlife
  2. Animal Time         32
  3. El Espejo Fumeroso         33
Lisa D. Chávez
In an Angry Season
  1. The Conjuror of the New Century         34
  2. The Tattoo Artist         36
  3. The Bad Wife         38
Juan Delgado
A Rush of Hands
  1. Shrine         40
  2. Backyard         41
  3. Nido         43
David Domínguez
Work Done Right
  1. Chilalengua         44
  2. Club Las Palmas         45
  3. Pig         46
  4. The Tovar Bull         47
Blas Falconer
A Question of Gravity and Light
  1. To Know You Better         49
  2. This         50
  3. Letter from the Cumberland         50
  4. Epilogue         51
Gina Franco
The Keepsake Storm
  1. Darkling         52
  2. The Walk Like Old Habits         53
  3. Where the Bodies, Half-Dressed, in Pieces         54
Diana García
When Living Was a Labor Camp
  1. When living was a labor camp called Montgomery         56
  2. Softball and Tomato Fields         57
  3. Operation Wetback, 1953         58
Maurice Kilwein Guevara
POEMA
  1. Lyric         59
  2. At the Podium         60
  3. What Baby Gertrude Heard         61
Juan Felipe Herrera
border-crosser with a lamborghini dream
  1. blood night café         63
  2. selena in corpus christi lacquer red         64
    Giraffe on Fire
  3. Ofelia in Manhattan, Circa 1943         65
    Notebooks of a Chile Verde Smuggler
  4. Immigrant Fortune Teller Machine         69
  5. Fuzzy Equations         74
  6. Letanía para José Antonio Burciaga         75
Rita María Magdaleno
Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, & My Mother
  1. Salzbergwerk: The Salt Mines Tour         78
Carl Marcum
Cue Lazarus
  1. Light Show         80
  2. A Prayer for My Brother         81
Demetria Martínez
Breathing Between the Lines
  1. Discovering America         82
    The Devil's Workshop
  2. Remedios         85
  3. Class Action         86
Valerie Martínez
World to World
  1. Heritage         87
  2. World to World         88
  3. Bowl         88
  4. Wish         89
María Meléndez
How Long She'll Last in This World
  1. Backcountry, Emigrant Gap         91
  2. In Biruté's Camp         91
  3. Why Can't We All Just Get Along         92
Pat Mora
Adobe Odes
  1. Ode to Readers         96
  2. Ode to a Book         97
  3. Ode to El Paso         98
  4. Ode to Women         101
Dixie Salazar
Blood Mysteries
  1. Piñón Nuts         103
  2. Why I'm Not Someone Else         105
Luis Omar Salinas
elegy for desire
  1. The Luxury of Darkness         107
  2. The Disappearance of My Wife         108
  3. Elegy for Desire         108
Virgil Suárez
Palm Crows
  1. Animalia         111
  2. El exilio         115
Margo Tamez
Naked Wanting
  1. First Choice         117
  2. For Keeps         118
Luis Humberto Valadez
what i'm on
  1. dear reader: this is what i thought on easter day         120
  2. Section 7         121
  3. radio         122
  4. esau past love         123
Marcos McPeek Villatoro
on Tuesday, when the homeless disappeared
  1. The Deer         124
  2. El Salvador, 1932–1981         128

Fiction

Fred Arroyo
excerpt from The Region of Lost Names         135

Kathleen de Azevedo
excerpt from excerpt from Samba Dreamers         135

Stella Pope Duarte
excerpt from excerpt from If I Die in Juárez         159

Christine Granados
Brides and Sinners in El Chuco
  1. A Scenic Night         178
  2. Small Time         186
  3. Inner View         193
Jack Lopez
Snapping Lines
  1. La Luz         201
  2. Lost         213
Patricia Preciado Martin
El Milagro and Other Stories
  1. La Tortillera/The Tortilla Maker         219
    Amor Eterno: Eleven Lessons in Love
  2. Amor Desesperado/Desperate Love         223
Ana Consuelo Matiella
The Truth about Alicia and Other Stories
  1. The Ring         228
  2. El Bebé del Vaquerón         233
Braulio Muñoz
excerpt from The Peruvian Notebooks         235
Sergio Troncoso
The Last Tortilla and Other Stories
  1. The Snake         244
  2. Punching Chickens         255

NonFiction

Marjorie Agosín
Of Earth and Sea: A Chilean Memoir
  1. Words         269
  2. Violeta Parra         270
  3. November 1, The Day of the Dead         271
  4. Nights of Exile         272
  5. And Finally, Returning         273
  6. The Illusion of a Firefly         273
Kathleen J. Alcalá
The Desert Remembers My Name: On Family and Writing
  1. My Week as a Mexican         274
  2. Found in Translation         278
  3. The Woman Who Loved Water         283
Ray Gonzalez
The Underground Heart: A Return to a Hidden Landscape
  1. The Border Is Open         295
    Renaming the Earth: Personal Essays
  2. excerpts from A Different Border         305
Luis Alberto Urrea
nobody's son: notes from an american life
  1. Nobody's Son         321

Source Credits         335
About the Editor         337
About the Contributors         339
Bibliography         347
Index of Authors         351





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