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Camino del Sol: How Long She'll Last in This World (Paperback)

Camino del Sol: How Long She'll Last in This World (Paperback)

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Let go your keys . let go your gun . let go your good pen and your rings . let your wolf mask go and kiss goodbye your goddess figurine.

With this invocation . María Meléndez beckons us on a journey--an exotic expedition through life's mysteries in search of the finer strands of experience. In a Latina voice laced with a naturalist's sense of wonder . she weaves bold images reflecting a world threaded by unseen wounds . now laid before us with an unflinching love of life and an exquisite precision of language. Adopting multiple guises--field researcher . laboring mother . grief-stricken lover--Meléndez casts aside stereotypes and expectations to forge a new language steeped in life and landscape. Whether meditating on a controlled prairie burn or contemplating the turquoise cheek of a fathead minnow . she weaves words and memories into a rich tapestry that resonates with sensual detail and magnifies her sense of maternal wildness . urging us to "Love as much as you / can . don't throw your heart / away to just one god." In her paean to the Aztec deity Tonacacihuatl . mother of the gods . Meléndez muses that "How many spirits she's twin to . and how long she'll last in this world . / are secrets stashed in the rattle / of corn ears . in the coils / of venomous snakes."

Through stunning images and stark realism . her poems embrace motherhood and vocation . love and grief . land and life . to bring new meaning to the natural world and how we experience it.
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