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Elegies in Blue PDF, ePub eBook Benjamin Saenz writes, "In the desert, we live in a desert of translation." That is exactly what he sets out to do, in this, his third book of poems—translate experience into words. He writes of history and learning and death. He writes of loss and knowledge and the difficulties of coming to terms with the harsh and untamable landscape of the border. Ultimately, his elegi Benjamin Saenz writes, "In the desert, we live in a desert of translation." That is exactly what he sets out to do, in this, his third book of poems—translate experience into words. He writes of history and learning and death. He writes of loss and knowledge and the difficulties of coming to terms with the harsh and untamable landscape of the border. Ultimately, his elegies are "stones that praise the lives" of those who have given him words. In the tradition of Latin American literature, Saenz believes that poetry should be part of the public discourse and not shunted aside as irrelevant to our country's larger issues. Here he maps out personal, political and spiritual histories. He speaks about political and literary heroes, anti-heroes and everyday people, and he remembers his growing up Chicano in the Catholic world of the U.S./Mexico Border. From these elements, he creates a philosophy of speaking publicly as poet.

30 review for Elegies in Blue

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evanston Public Library

    “We know geography and the nuances of language well enough to understand that the border is not simply the end of civilization, but a frontier—the beginning of a new civilization,” writes Benjamin Alire Sáenz in his book of poems Elegies in Blue. This “must-read” poet was once a roofer, a cotton-onion-chile-picker, a janitor and dish washer and was even a priest. He translates his life experience with history, learning, death, and growing up on the border in the El Paso, Texas area into an artfu “We know geography and the nuances of language well enough to understand that the border is not simply the end of civilization, but a frontier—the beginning of a new civilization,” writes Benjamin Alire Sáenz in his book of poems Elegies in Blue. This “must-read” poet was once a roofer, a cotton-onion-chile-picker, a janitor and dish washer and was even a priest. He translates his life experience with history, learning, death, and growing up on the border in the El Paso, Texas area into an artfully crafted poetic language. His work is sometimes peppered with Spanish words and dialogue as natural as the language often spoken by people who grow up speaking two languages for reasons of culture and survival. Alire Sáenz offers an intimate glimpse of border culture and identity. His poems replenish the mestizo spirit. (Elvira, C-D)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Isis

    What can I say? Saenz is my literary soul mate.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    I find Saenz' poetry to be haunting, yet at the same time beautiful and thought-provoking. This was a library book that I'd personally like to own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shin Yu

    Saenz's closing essay on politics and his personal history is a tremendous and powerful aesthetic statement on the author's poetics.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gina Ruiz

    http://ginasblogging.blogspot.com/200...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Saenz has done it again. As someone who always feels like I don't "get poetry" his poetry collections make me feel like that a self created narrative with no validity . His words connect to my soul so effortlessly as he paints portraits of people and places I don't know and never been but feel somehow like memories in how familiar they are. He tells individual stories but also community stories. Stories of the past and the then present that in over a decade since it was written still hold such r Saenz has done it again. As someone who always feels like I don't "get poetry" his poetry collections make me feel like that a self created narrative with no validity . His words connect to my soul so effortlessly as he paints portraits of people and places I don't know and never been but feel somehow like memories in how familiar they are. He tells individual stories but also community stories. Stories of the past and the then present that in over a decade since it was written still hold such relevance and truth . I feel sad when I read some poems, angry at others but also complete , as though I know I was meant to read those poems. One of my favorite fiction authors he is without a doubt my favorite poet and I appreciate how he has introduced me to this genre!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fion

    ok I must admit, I might have a tinge bit of being bias because I loved the books from this author oh so much! so I told myself im gonna own all his books! so this was the most recent one, got it yesterday and finished it yesterday~ I thought this book of poetry was...interesting... 3 stars because I can't bring myself to rate any works from Benjamin Alice Sáenz anything lower than that. haha I will prob reread it at a later time to see if my thoughts would change~

  8. 4 out of 5

    MJ

    I love his writing, however I do not like his poetry as much as his novels.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Jaenicke

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    Paco

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    John

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    Jackie

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    Karla

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    Sofia

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    Dez Villanueva

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    Cari

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brielle Nickole

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    cristal

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carolyne

  20. 5 out of 5

    LuxKatharina

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    lauce

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annie

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    Laurel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becca

  25. 4 out of 5

    scott ryan (angel_zorn reads)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen Michele

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mikaela

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dionne

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Beeman-Cadwallader

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

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