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Reliquaria (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) Paperback – September 1, 2014

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“The texture of R. A. Villanueva’s words stay in the mouth, shards of what is sacred, still is sacred: linguistic memento mori, if you will, that preserve and keep alive. Take your time with this glorious collection. Breathe in: ‘black eggs,’ ‘pomade,’ ‘concertina wire,’ ‘wreathed in gauze,’ and ‘Nakalimutan mo na ako. You have already forgotten me.’ I dare say you will not forget these remains that Villanueva has saved for us.”—Kimiko Hahn, author of Toxic Flora 

-- Kimiko Hahn Published On: 2014-02-27

“These vivid and deeply lived poems question ‘every delicate gift we have thrown away.’ Villanueva searches the world for the divine and—gorgeous poem by poem—he finds it.”—Idra Novey, author of Exit, Civilian

-- Idra Novey Published On: 2014-02-27

“R. A. Villanueva reminds us that poetry is a space haunted by history, so we try ‘to name ghosts, to face them, dark as they are.’ He musters an impressive courage to take up the task. And we’re rewarded not just by Villanueva’s immense thrill for language but by his ability to fuse the body’s fact with the body’s mystery. This is a terrific debut.”—Patrick Rosal, author of Boneshepherds

-- Patrick Rosal Published On: 2014-02-27

Reliquaria convokes a public hymn that genuflects in the presence of the world’s lucent crumbs and fragments. Villanueva’s elegant argument with, within, and beyond Roman Catholicism infuses this collection with a classical urgency.”—G. C. Waldrep, author of Archicembalo
-- G. C. Waldrep Published On: 2014-02-27

“In precise yet lush language, these poems move so easily between the sacred and the quotidian, between past and present, and from lyric longing to physical satisfaction that it is startling to realize how much ground each poem covers, and how natural these transitions, at heart, truly are. . . . Reading his poems, I am delighted by the clarity and sinuousness of [Villanueva's] writing, by the force of his belief that the materiality of the world shares something with the beauty of words.”—Paisley Rekdal, author of Animal Eye
-- Paisley Rekdal Published On: 2014-02-27

“Villanueva’s poetry is unabashedly sinewy, and uncannily, the more sinewy, the more soulful. Indeed, somehow he seems to straddle the divide between the visceral and the ethereal, and up there, where the air is crisp and clean and bracing, he is sovereign. So, no need any longer to go asking what’s the matter, for the poems in this volume, quite simply, are.”—Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder 
-- Lawrence Weschler Published On: 2014-02-27

About the Author

R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, his honors include the inaugural Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry and fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review. New writing is forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, Prac Crit (UK), and The Wolf (UK); his work has previously appeared in journals such as AGNI, The Common, CrazyhorseGulf Coast, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Born in New Jersey, he lives in Brooklyn and London.

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  • Item Weight : 4.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 82 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0803296381
  • ISBN-10 : 9780803296381
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : University of Nebraska Press (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 080329638X
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