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La Noche (The Night)

by Sandy McKinney

Enthusiastic overindulgence in drugs and/or alcohol has characterized the lifestyles of many artists of all persuasions, but not since De Quincy has a writer made what amounts to a religion of the pleasures and pains of intoxication. A... Read More

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The Fullness of Invisible Objects

by Sandy McKinney

After decades of lament and outrage over the atrocities that drove her family out of their native Chile, Agosín, nearing age fifty, has mellowed into a serene, though certainly not placid, desire to recover the half-wild, half-innocent... Read More

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Stet

by Sandy McKinney

Cuban-American poet Kozer, the author of thirty-seven previous books and regarded as the leading Cuban poet of his generation, is presented here in the first bilingual edition of his work. His inspiration appears to be the outcry of a... Read More

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Probable Lives

by Sandy McKinney

This goofy book will please literati and iconoclasts alike, and should engage a sustained interest as well among those who merely like to read good poetry. In it, a fictional biographer presents a series of fictional twentieth-century... Read More

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Bestiary

by Sandy McKinney

With more than typical Latin fierceness, this series of prose poems by a native Puerto Rican twists the traditional meaning of the title word to introduce a new concept of beastliness. As themes and language evolve, the sometimes hidden,... Read More

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The Man Who Loves Cezanne

by Sandy McKinney

Poetry has been around longer than history, so it’s difficult to find, or even imagine, a new theme for this old impulse. In every book of poetry by a single author, the individual pieces will speak of love, nature, faith,... Read More

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Voices

by Sandy McKinney

“Mosca no entra en boca cerrada.” (Flies don’t enter a closed mouth.) Everyone who grows up in Spain starts out conscious life with a collection of such dichos (sayings)-pithy aphorisms that make use of a kind of mild irony to... Read More

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