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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Gary Soto is one of America's finest poets, a writer whose previous collections (The Elements of San Joaquin -- 1977, The Tale of Sunlight -- 1978, Father Is a Pillow Tied to a Broom -- 1980, Where Sparrows Work Hard -- 1981, and Black Hair -- 1985) have received wide critical acclaim, not only from Chicano critics but from others as well. In this latest volume Soto again demonstrates that he is an accomplished literary craftsman with a great deal to say. The forty-one poems are presented in three untitled sections and range from pensive reflections on old age and death to poetic accounts of seemingly trival [trivial] daily activities. Chronicle Books, in its first foray into the field of poetry, is to be congratulated for this handsome volume, printed on fine paper and with a lovely cover illustrated by Scott Sawyer.
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