Home Movies of Narcissus

  • Title: Home Movies of Narcissus
  • Author: Rane Arroyo
  • ISBN: 9780816521951
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • Home Movies of Narcissus A first generation Latino born in Chicago Rane Arroyo is a leading poeta puertorrique o and playwright whose readership transcends his ethnicity In Home Movies of Narcissus his fourth collection of
    A first generation Latino born in Chicago, Rane Arroyo is a leading poeta puertorrique o and playwright whose readership transcends his ethnicity In Home Movies of Narcissus, his fourth collection of poetry, he writes deliberately and with greater assurance of his search for identity both cultural racial and gender sexual and his discovery of it within family and comA first generation Latino born in Chicago, Rane Arroyo is a leading poeta puertorrique o and playwright whose readership transcends his ethnicity In Home Movies of Narcissus, his fourth collection of poetry, he writes deliberately and with greater assurance of his search for identity both cultural racial and gender sexual and his discovery of it within family and community Using sophisticated language to inspect life from barrio childhood to cosmopolitan manhood, Arroyo explores themes of gay strength and alienation, linked to his experiences as both a Puerto Rican and an intellectual Through a variety of approaches, he examines a major recurrent Latino paradox the need to write about Latino issues while being criticized for being too self centered Sometimes reserved, sometimes passionate, Arroyo writes with humor and a remarkable quickness of association, moving with a grace that makes seamless use of speech ranging from the formal to the vernacular Taking in love and sexuality, world literature and history, and the exile s heritage of a shifting geography of identity, he invokes remarkable imagery with language that is economical, fresh, and mischievous Some of Arroyo s poems take an autobiographical approach and show how poets have both the luxury and necessity of speaking for those in their lives Others create personas that take in the American experience from a variety of viewpoints including gays, who are often marginalized by the larger Latino community The Ponce de Le n Poems pit the poet against a ghost who seeks to direct his writing, while a final section, The Black Moon Poems, deals with the many sleepless nights that Arroyo has spent struggling with questions over the worth of his art and whether he has betrayed those he loves by writing or not writing about them In his home movies, he writes, Narcissus is both the seen and the seer As Arroyo s insightful words demonstrate, the writer must come to value his own image but not fall in love with it, for it will change, age, and, if he is fortunate, finally grow wise As readers will discover in Home Movies of Narcissus, Rane Arroyo has seen past the mirror and charted a new territory of self discovery.

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    1. 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.

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    2. 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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