The Persistence of Objects: Poems

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BOA Editions, Ltd., 2006 - Literary Criticism - 127 pages
"In The Persistence of Objects Richard Garcia gives us a poetry rich in the surrealist and humanist traditions - these are poems with wit, intelligence and heart. In Garcia's poems, historical figures such as George Washington, Squanto and Ponce De Leon pop in as ancestors and guests. Such moves illustrate Garcia's belief in memory as a continuous reciprocal creation. A core of love poems threads through the book, often in the form of Spanish style sonnets. Garcia's poems are rife with surprises and fables that upend the status quo, rendering up our secrets with comic irony and tragic poignancy."--Publisher's Website.
 

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Contents

The Moon
11
I2 Nick of Time
12
I4 Under a Black Flag
14
I6 SelfPortrait as Goya
16
I8 Explosions
18
Ashes of Roses
20
The Blue Dress
22
If Only
23
The Truth of Morning
38
How Many
39
Richard Garcia Steals a Poem
40
Memory
42
Colorado
43
Me and Nash
45
A Letter a Number Some Punctuation
46
The Brochure
48

Not His Room
25
Mozarts Concerto for Glass Harmonica
26
Ghazal of the Laundromat
28
Furry Lewis Drops in on Surrealism 101
29
Queen of the Night
31
So What
32
In the Ancient City
34
The Unexpected Answer
35
At the Formosa Café
37
Figging
49
SI Tecali 53 Sewers of Charleston
53
Crepuscule in Blue or Green
55
Miracles
57
The Element of Water
58
The Blueness
59
My Mother and Your Mother
60
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Richard Garcia is the author of three books of poetry: Selected Poems (1972); The Flying Garcias; and Rancho Notorious (BOA Editions, 2001) as well as My Aunt Otilia's Spirits, a bilingual children's book (1978). His poems have been published in more than thirty mainstream and avant-garde literary magazines, including Antioch Review, Colorado Review and Ploughshares.

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