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Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred

Orlando Ricardo Menes

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ISBN 10: 1931010153 / ISBN 13: 9781931010153
Published by Bilingual Pr (Bilrp), 2003
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the ...

Publisher: Bilingual Pr (Bilrp)

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition - may be Reissue.

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Renaming Ecstasy brings together poets who have explored experiences of the sacred in ways that are unique to Latin American culture and highlights the richness and complexity of Latino spiritual life. Because of Latin America’s mestizaje of cultures, traditional Catholicism exists alongside other practices of African or indigenous origin. In their invocation of the divine, poets of Caribbean origin draw inspiration from the myths and practices of Santería. Others write devotionally about topics that engage Latino Catholics: the matter of religious vocation and those devotional practices that connect individuals to the community and give shape to their daily lives. The collection features poetry by Benjamín Alire Sáenz,Víctor Hernández Cruz, Demetria Martínez, Orlando Ricardo Menes, and Virgil Suárez, among others.

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"From the hilarious and irreverent to the philosophical and meditative, from the skepticism of the lapsed Catholic to the ecstatic drumbeat of the shaman, Renaming Ecstasy illustrates that poetry is a secular religion for our times, and poets its acolytes and priests." —Richard García, author of Rancho Notorious

"The origins of poetry as sacred chant are brought to the fore in this outstanding collection of poems by many of the best and best-known Latino voices of today. A fine example of the necessary convergence of inspiration and spirituality." —Gustavo Pérez Firmat, author of Tongue Ties and Life on the Hyphen

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