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Directions to the Beach of the Dead (Camino del Sol) Paperback – September 1, 2005
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“Takes the reader on a splendid journey through time, love, family, and heritage.” —Multicultural Review
“This heartfelt collection of poems is an endless pursuit of what we hope to become.” —Multicultural Review
"Directions to the Beach of the Dead is absolutely breathtaking and gorgeous in its quest for place, family, self-discovery. For all poetry lovers, this will be a difficult book to top." —Virgil Suarez
"Part travel diary and part journal in time, Directions to the Beach of the Dead takes Blanco into uncharted territory, emotionally as well as geographically, showcasing his great gift for the precise notation of sights, thoughts, and feelings. This book confirms Blanco's place as a strong and distinctive voice in American poetry. —Gustavo Perez Firmat
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The volume's opening section offers glimpses into Blanco's travels in Rome, Venice, Barcelona, France, and Guatemala and Brazil. The collection's title poem instructs the reader on how to reach the "Beach of the Dead": "Go to Europe, go to Spain, in Barcelona, walk/under centuries hanging from the iron lamps" (ll 1-2). The poet then offers more personal suggestions for the journey: "Pull out your map, follow/the town's names lettered straight out to into the sea/ . . .Read more ›
pleasure of hearing him read his poems at a reception Bethel gave for him, and he reads with such passion that you just
feel his poetry!
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Not my favorite work of his. He is an amazing poet, but I did not identify with these poems.Published 1 month ago by Layne B
Buffalo NY has a literary community and has a series called Babel - Richard Blanco the author is the first speaker - his poetry is amazing and I am anxious to hear him on the 22ndPublished on October 16, 2013 by gigew
Everything Richard writes makes me stop and think. Also brings back childhood memories that are different from his but so meaningful.Published on April 29, 2013 by S. Ann Holtzclaw