A poem is a living library, a hospitable planet in black space, a
bell waiting to wear the music of motion across stilled lands.
Writers are the carriers of the voices around us. We are writers
and readers in dark times when words are correctly understood as
powerful weapons. aFrom the Introduction Reading Rane Arroyoas
poems is a little like watching a movie playing at fastforward
speed on the TV in your darkened bedroom. The colors pop and snap,
the images leap and recede, the colors seem brighter than lifeaand
you canat stop watching even long enough to blink. Itas an intimate
experience. Even at hyperspeed you can make out the images of
friends, family, and lovers (especially lovers) burning rubber
across the unblinking screen. And even without a sound track, you
can hear the musicaa symphony of jazz and samba, salsa and street
sounds. In The Buried Sea, Arroyo has selected poems from his first
eleven booksafive full-length collections of poems and six
chapbooksaand has added nineteen new poems. When asked to describe
himself, Arroyo writes that athe answer is easy: Iam a Puerto
Rican, gay, Midwestern, educated, former working class, liberal,
atheistic, humanist, American, male, ex-Mormon, ex-Catholic,
pseudo-Buddhist, teacher, reader, global, and popular
cultureainformed poet.a Readers will find traces of all of these
selves in this collection. And Arroyo does make it aeasya to follow
the clues. His poemsavivacious, sexy, shiny, sly, pointed,
ambitiousaare easy to approach and easy to love. But they come with
strings attachedalike all affairs of the heartaand therein lies so
much of their pleasure.
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