So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks
National Poetry Series
Published by: University of Illinois Press
112 pages, 152.00 x 210.00 x 8.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780252067983
- Published: May 1999
An astonishing new talent, Rigoberto González writes with a clarity of the senses that pulls the reader into a marvelous and unfamiliar world. The sidewalk preacher, the umbrella salesman, the nurse on the graveyard shift, the professional mourner— all allow González a clandestine glimpse of their lives. Crackling with the dry electricity of the desert and flashing with the brilliant colors of Mexico, González's poems are rooted in the fertile soil beneath poverty's dust, the border's violence, and longing's desolation.