Featuring 25 drawings in charcoal, conte crayons, and pastels, this handbook pairs portraits of people who live and work along the U.S.–Mexico border with bilingual poems that have been inspired by each of the drawings. A testimony to the people of the Rio Grande Valley, these drawings and poems capture their spirit, their quest for happiness, and their struggles to overcome economic hardship. This remarkable book highlights characters such as the "young street musician," the "six-year-old street vendor," and the "wise woman with rings." Compassionate and aesthetically compelling, this record raises awareness about social and cultural issues associated with border life, such as education, literacy, and poverty, and fosters cross-cultural understanding.
This volume gathers new essays on A. R. Ammons's long poems by many of the most influential critics of contemporary American poetry, including Helen Vendler, Marjorie Perloff, and Willard Spiegelman. It will serve for years to come as an important critical text on a vast body of work by one of the most prolific and innovative practitioners of the long poem in post-World War II American poetry. Complexities of Motion, then, is a collection of new critical articles on the entire range of Ammons's longer poems, beginning with Tape for the Turn of the Year (1965) and culminating with Glare (1997).