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Winner, 2017 CantoMundo Poetry Prize

Paraíso, the first book in the new CantoMundo Poetry Series, which celebrates the work of Latino/a poets writing in English, is a pilgrimage against sorrow. Erupting from a mother’s death, the poems follow the speaker as he tries to survive his grief. Catholicism, family, good rum . . . these help, but the real medicine happens when the speaker pushes into the cloud forest alone.

In a Costa Rica far away from touristy beaches, we encounter bus trips over the cold mountains of the dead, drug dealers with beautiful dogs, and witches with cell phones. Science fuses with religion, witchcraft is joined with technology, and eventually grief transforms into belief.

Throughout, Paraíso defies categorization, mixing its beautiful sonnets with playful games and magic cures for the reader. In the process, moments of pure life mingle with the aftermath of a death.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Series Editors' Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. I. Games
  1. 1. Joke, Fact, Anecdote
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. 2. Pantone 292
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. 3. Ten Times
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. 4. A Howling Game
  2. pp. 10-12
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  1. II. Congregation
  1. Dove
  2. p. 15
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  1. “Dependiendo Del Tráfico”: Es El Nuevo “Si Dios Quiere”
  2. p. 16
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  1. Más Tico Que El Gallo Pinto
  2. p. 17
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  1. Cerro de la Muerte
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  1. Cloud Forest
  2. p. 19
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  1. Faith
  2. p. 20
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  1. Holy Mysteries
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  1. Pilgrims
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  1. III. Funeral Rites
  1. Elegy for My Mother
  2. p. 25
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  1. Fire Song
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Medicine
  2. p. 28
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  1. Ghost Story
  2. p. 29
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  1. Make Believe
  2. p. 30
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  1. Paloma
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  1. Pura Vida
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  1. Mucho Brete, Gracias a Dios
  2. p. 33
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  1. Bucolic
  2. p. 34
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  1. After the Funeral We Go into the City
  2. p. 35
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  1. Paraíso
  2. pp. 36-38
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  1. IV. Magical-Rationalism
  1. Cure #1: Communication with the Dead
  2. p. 41
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  1. Walking Tree
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  1. Transubstantiation
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  1. Magical-Rationalism
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  1. Looking for Signal
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  1. Truth Serum
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  1. Medicine for Cough and Other Ills
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  1. Cure #2: Pain
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  1. Arte de Sobar Pegas
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  1. Cure #3: Deciding to Leave
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  1. Leaf-Cutter
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  1. Cure #4: For Grief
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781610756204
Related ISBN
9781682260432
MARC Record
OCLC
1002292133
Pages
60
Launched on MUSE
2017-09-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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