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Book of What Remains, The
Benjamin Alire Saenz
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Book of What Remains, The
Benjamin Alire Saenz

Poet, novelist, and popular young adult writer Benjamin Alire Sáenz writes to the core truth of life's ever-shifting memories. Set along the border between the United States and Mexico, the contrast between the desert's austere beauty and the brutality of border politics mirrors humanity's capacity for both generosity and cruelty. In his numbered series "Meditation on Living in the Desert," Sáenz turns to memory, heritage, and a host of literary progenitors as he directly confronts matters of faith, civil rights, and contemporary politics—always with the unrelenting moral urge to speak truth and do something. These are brave and furious poems; unflinching and visionary, they demand our full attention.


Book of the Year Listing 2010, Huffington Post

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For Book of What Remains, The, Benjamin Alire Saenz

"A former Catholic priest, this poet creates prayerful verse that is at once mystical and utterly human."—The Washington Post

"With his sixth collection, Sáenz bursts forth as a major American poet, one with an oracular ear to the ground for what moves people today and also an eye for the larger questions in which today's concerns are embedded... Reading (Sáenz) is like listening to a gifted storyteller, for whom every digression is a path to meaning."—Booklist, starred review

"In poems set along the border, Sáenz reports his feelings—indeed, rage—about a variety of sociopolitical topics, including immigration."—Library Journal

"Seeking reconciliation in a life filled with ruin, the poet only arrives at the truth... There is no performative lament that encumbers Sáenz's poetic searching, only a gesture towards the transfigurative act of redefining one's own terms."—Texas Books in Review

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