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Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry) Paperback – April 11, 2001
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Rodney Jones, final judge of the 2000 Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry, writes of his selection of NAMES ABOVE HOUSES: Oliver de la Paz has created a unique work: a novella in the form of a sequence of prose poems; a lucidly inventive allegory of migration, exile, and belonging. With grace and elegance, he evokes the magical, myth-making culture of his Philippines and brings it to a very real California in the person of Fidelito, a boy who wants to fly, and his parents, Domingo and Maria Elena. Oliver de la Paz has the strength and wisdom to step lightly with the heaviest burdens. He is stunningly good. NAMES ABOVE HOUSES celebrates the trials and indestructibility of a family and is a durable refreshment, an essential document of life at the cultural crossroads.
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"Fidelito gazes outside. There are other milder distractions: some of the children eat their shirts and some burst into rain. A road burns into a corner. In the power lines above the playground, a grackle's steel eye murders the earth."
A fantastic debut - can't wait for his next book!
With this book, I have no desire to display any critical/theory skills. Let others do that. I want to remember the pleasue this book brought me: turning to the next page; highlighting specific lines; bending back the covers; calling my friends to read them a poem. This is a gift I rarely recieve.