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A first-generation Latino born in Chicago, Rane Arroyo is a leading poeta puertorriqueño and playwright whose readership transcends his ethnicity. In Home Movies of Narcissus, his fourth collection of poetry, he writes more deliberately and with greater assurance of his search for identity—both cultural/racial and gender/sexual—and his discovery of it within family and com ...more
Paperback, 77 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by University of Arizona Press (first published 2002)
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Rane Arroyo's work is funny, quirky and touching. It lacks the pretentiousness of some University poets who try too hard to be deep. Not to say Arroyo is not meaningful. On the contrary it's that he presents serious subject matter mixed with a lighthearted demeanor that it evokes real life. I wouldn't have expected to enjoy the work of someone so different than myself, which speaks even more to his talent.
Catherine Carberry
I love the concept of Ponce de Leon's ghost entering these poems and wrestling with the poet for control, but the result is pedantic and superficial, self-consciously ironic.
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