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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Review of In the Shadow of al-Andalus

Like cubist paintings, the words and the cadences of these poems insist on taking you elsewhere. The Caribbean, Moroccan Africa, and Andalusian Spain are divided and sub-divided into sparkling shards of history and sensuality, then arranged within Cruz’s poetic themes. His poem, The Dance of Blood, begins surreally with the cello of Pablo Casels walking down an Antillean street, answering to the name of Sonia, a black haired Spanish beauty, who is filled with Berber music and historical connections. ...

For more of my review of Victor Hernandez Cruz's new book, In the Shadow of Al-Andalus visit Doug Holder's Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene blog:

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