New Book by Ray Gonzalez
In October, Professor Ray Gonzalez published Beautiful Wall: Poems, with BOA Editions. The collection was featured in the November issue of Poets and Writers magazine as part of its Page One recommended books feature. As NBC News' review noted: "'The desert is sick of being written about,' declares the speaker in Gonzalez's 15th collection of poems, yet ultimately what Gonzalez does is allow the reader to experience this expansive American terrain through his image-driven verse. The U.S.-Mexico border is where histories and stories converge, not always pleasant but not always tragic, and certainly worth considering. Magic awaits the keen observer, the careful listener. Each poem encourages the visitor: 'Look.// Put your hands here./ This is a beautiful wall.'"