Toys Made of Rock
Part of the Canto Cosas series.
"The poems in Toys Made of Rock pair experiments in form with explorations in identity. The lyric result of this offers inroads into the wide landscape of America. González brings us izote flowers and caskets, tumor fruit and the minimum wage, voices from the neighborhood and portraits of love. It is a wide-ranging journey from one country to another, from lost childhoods and hard childhoods to the politically charged world of adulthood. González is a storyteller and truth teller, a writer who sees that which must be written, must be sung, must be witnessed. The landscape of war is not always comprised of tanks and helicopters. Sometimes it looks like a neighborhood in America."
—Brian Turner, author of Here, Bullet
"José B. González's lyrical book of poems is like a map of Latin America's recent history. Follow it carefully and in its roads, canyons, mountains, and rivers you'll find it all: hurricanes, revolutions, migration, bombs, and beauty. Yes, beauty, and also food—tamales, pupusas, and rice and beans—literature, love of family and country, and a heart-breaking longing for all that is lost on the way to the hyphenated Latino-American life."
—Mirta Ojito, author of Finding Mañana
"There are poems in this colelction that break my heart, and some—often the same ones— that make me cheer for the clear-eyed resilience of the spirit behind them. The ones about education remind me of the magical wings we acquire when we master the Other's language and learn to 'steal his Shakespeare.' Bravo! Long live the goal of being 'educated and brown,' and kudos to González for sending out that crucial message to the young, brown or otherwise!"
—Rhina Espaillat, author of Her Place in These Designs
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