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This collection reveals the same affinity for distilled phrasing and surprise, both in language and dramatic development, found in Cisneros's volumes of short stories, Woman Hollering Creek and The House on Mango Street . For a glimpse of it, see the poem "Josie Bliss": "a tropical dream / of Wednesdays / a bitter sorrow / like the salt / between the breasts." Of the book's four parts, the first two immerse the reader in the Chicana homefront, including the poet's own place in it, presumably the San Antonio familiar from her prose work. The remaining two parts leave the barrio behind, as the author's world becomes more cosmopolitan and still more personal. Here Cisneros reflects on herself and her men, on how she treats them and they her. Although some poems in the last sections are excellent--"No Mercy," with its air of a prosecutor's brief, is splendid--as a love poet, Cisneros attitudinizes too much and uses her tight style more to ration her candor than to impel images. Even so, a disconcerting degree of sentimentality somehow gets through ("I forget the reasons, but I loved you once, / remember?"), along with some enervated deadpan humor: "I've learned two things. / To let go / clean as kite string. / And to never wash a man's clothes. / These are my rules."
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“Not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one.” —The New York Times Book Review

“All poets would do well to follow the example of Sandra Cisneros, who takes no prisoners and has not made a single compromise in her language.” — Barbara Kingsolver, Los Angeles Times
 
“Cisneros is a writer for all people.” —USA Today

“Here the young voice of Esperanza of The House on Mango Street merges with that of the grown woman/poet. My Wicked Wicked Ways is a kind of international graffiti, where the poet—bold and insistent—puts her mark on those traveled places on the map and in the heart.” —Cherríe Moraga
 
“A writer of power and eloquence and great lyrical beauty.” —The Washington Post Book World
 
“[Cisneros’] work is sensitive, alert, nuanceful. It is rich with music and picture.” — Gwendolyn Brooks
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (November 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679418210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679418214
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships .

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Atar Hadari on September 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The tragic are those figures who face devestation with a certain unblinking acceptance- not stoicism, not heroism- but the ability to look at themselves clearly.
Sandra Cisneros, in her first collection of poems "My Wicked Wicked Ways" was able to evoke this sense of drama repeatedly in her monologues of fictional characters and in songs which seemed to be sung by the poet herself about her life. My personal favourite "Something Crazy" illustrates the necessary conditions of the form:
The man with the blue hat
doesn't come back anymore.
He stopped a long time ago.
Before I got married. Before the kids came.
Nobody looks at me like that anymore.
...
I was young then, understand?
Nobody ever looked at me before.
I even dreamed that he might take me
to my highschool dance, imagine.
Waitresses have come and gone,
I've stayed on.
The speaker is stationary, in the restaurant where she works- the man in the blue hat is already a thing of the past when the poem opens. She loves him because he is the ONLY thing that ever came along that loved her or that she could love. In its tone and perfection this poem reminds one of the torch-song as perfected by Billy Holiday. As in that genre the speaker stands alone and sings of a love, an overwhelming passion, almost always in the past. What is present is the pain- and the understatement of the pain and the ability through an embrace of the nostalgia of love to transcend it for a moment in a reach for remembered happiness, and recalled warmth despite the present cold. This is the tension of the genre. The speaker is pinned, unable to leave their grief, but attempts to transcend it in a song.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on April 24, 2000
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Sandra Cisneros is undoubtedly my favorite poet of all time. Her writing is honest, beautiful, simple, humorous, poignant and sad, all at the same time. "My Wicked Wicked Ways" is Cisneros at her best - fresh and sassy, biting and funny, thoughtful and independent. I sooooo highly recommend this book to all - whether you are an avid poetry-enthusiast or are just starting to have interest in the subject. She's wonderful!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
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These are poems that will make you smile, cry, and take your breath away. A good friend reccomended Sandra Cisneros to me several years ago, and I am so thankful. I have read much of her work, and have never been disappointed. This volume of poetry is one of my favorites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Felicia Aguilar on September 9, 2005
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Out of all the books that Sandra Cisneros has written, this one has effected me the most and is my favorite. Her poems strike you deep in the heart, and there is still a veil of humor to each one. Inspiring, bold, and beautiful, I recommend this collection to any lover of poetry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tsehay on September 22, 2009
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I have read all of Sandra Cisneros books and am a fan of her writing. She reminds me of Bukowski in that her writing is so simplistic and plainspoken and yet she is able to pull it off brilliantly with that sprinkle of literary magic.
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By Soo on January 17, 2014
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"My Wicked Wicked Ways" is a stunning collection of poetry by one of my favorite America writers, Sandra Cisneros. The poem that introduces this edition of the collection is especially good--an account of how the poet has ended up where she is, who she is. Her tales of love and heartbreak and loneliness will resonate in any sensitive human heart. Through it all, we readers are over and over convinced that this woman is alive, seeking out adventures and human connection in its many forms. Not to be missed.
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