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Slow Lightning by Eduardo C. Corral


Slow Lightning by Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral is the 2011 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, joining such distinguished previous winners as Adrienne Rich, W.S. Merwin, and John Ashbery. Corral is the first Latino poet to win the competition. Seamlessly braiding English and Spanish, Corral's poems hurtle across literary and linguistic borders toward a lyricism that slows down experience. He employs a range of forms and phrasing, bringing the vivid particulars of his experiences as a Chicano and gay man to the page. Although Corral's topics are decidedly sobering, contest judge Carl Phillips observes, one of the more surprising possibilities offered in these poems is joy . The following poem is from Self-Portrait with Tumbling and Lasso : I'm a cowboy riding bareback My soul is whirling above my head like a lasso. My right hand a pistol. My left automatic. I'm knocking on every door. I'm coming on strong...


[Corral] seamlessly blends English and Spanish in Slow Lightning. -Craig Morgan Teicher, Publishers Weekly -- Craig Morgan Teicher Publishers Weekly He mixes colloquial Spanish and English, and he packs many, many lines with sharp, sensual, specific imagery-this is Technicolor poetry... Very engaging. -Ray Olson, Booklist -- Ray Olson Booklist A classic in the making. -Rigoberto Gonzalez, El Paso Times -- Rigoberto Gonzalez El Paso Times By any standard, Slow Lightning is an impressive debut, a gathering of powerful and often defiant poems that are paradoxically realized through formal control. -Lambda Literary Review Lambda Literary Review

About the Author

Eduardo C. Corral's poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry, as well as other journals and anthologies. He received a Discovery/The Nation award and was selected for residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He lives in southern Arizona.

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Publication date

3rd April 2012


Eduardo C. Corral

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Yale University Press


160 pages


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