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  May 2005
volume 3 number 2
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Marie Lecrivain & Angel Uriel Perales
Luis Rodriguez: poet, journalist, and activist
Marie Lecrivain
Revelations of a Autodidact
Laura A. Lionello & Douglas Richardson
Victor Infante's Warhol Days
Aire Celeste Norell
Richard Beban's What the Heart Weighs
Peggy Dobreer
Piece By Peace, at Caf? Bolivar
Carlye Archibeque
Dana Gioia's DISAPPEARING INK: Poetry at the End of the Print Culture
Francisco Dominguez
Angel Uriel Perales? Long-Poetry and Lyrical Prose
Angel Perales
Ars Poetica: Rick Bursky, author of The Soup of Something Missing
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Francisco Dominguez May 2005


Angel Uriel Perales? Long-Poetry and Lyrical Prose

† † One of the most commonly known techniques of successful writers is focus on subjects they know personally. In Angel Uriel Peralesí new collection, Long-Poetry and Lyrical Prose, this writing method proves effective in creating not just a clear idea of the calibur of writer Perales is, but also creating a realistic aspect of the themes explored.
† † In Long, Perales adorns his work in superlative wording. Poetic themes are the ingredients that supply credence of quality. Even as many take place in simple settings such as the authorís home or the neighborhoods lived in his lifetime, these themes create a sense of humanity not found in more abstract work. In turn, the reader is able to connect emotionally on a practical level.
† † Perales collection does manage to explore more general themes that serve as explorations of social issues as well. Such is the case in the piece titled, "The Lesson of Paper Boats":


delay the rains
because the pouring rains
delay the inevitability,

slow down the wound-up
of crusted lemon custard,

obey a certain
natural curiosity of

born again paths and rising
rivulets created by

the dance macabre-
an opportune experiment

of a young boy following
fresh clear water streams

flowing down
Puerto Rican gutters,

a gift of the delay stemming
from Puerto Rican pouring

I had my paper ships ready
for the meaningful race.

I launched my infantile
origami boats
into the imagined ocean battle

and the white one always won,

rainwater streaking down my face,
darting between parked cars,
braving lightning,
pre-hurricane conditions,

the white one always won,

before knowledge of
paper weights and
the weight of paper
fell into perspective,

before cultural education
of any kind was acquired,

just an ambient conviction
on a distant Caribbean island
that a thing of color
should matter,
no matter how the creation,

† † † † a yellow legal pad
† † † † perhaps orange,
† † † † blue, green, or red
† † † † construction paper,

no matter
how the creation,

the white one

† † † † ripped out of my
† † † † composition school
† † † † notebook
† † † † with space for
† † † † subject
† † † † and class,
† † † † made in Taiwan,

the white ship always won,
a dreaded augural
confirmed by swift
castigation laden from
a frustrated mother
exasperated by the non-compliance
of a stubborn only son
who insists on playing
with his pre-built paper boats
in the pouring rain,

a peculiarity dismissed as the
eccentricities of a precocious
and lonely child.Ē

† † Perales' Puerto Rican heritage is integrated in his work, but does not ever become the focal point in the collection - even if itís clear that some pieces would be unable to exist without the involvement of his heritage. What Perales does in Long, instead, is to subtly use such heritage create a visual shade his pieces. It is this process of using his heritage that every piece becomes interconnected. It creates a singular voice. That is to say, the collection has one personality that prevents the user from gtting lost in the book.
† † Even as Perales moves on in his collection and explores the surroundings of his adult life ("The Dreamers," "Echo Park"), he manages to infuse the descriptions of his perceptions and commentary to sustain an objective sense that is often achieved in the possession of a different heritage.
† † If there is any weakness to this collection, it may be many of the works live up to the title of the collection. This may be a drawback for some readers. Heavy use of metaphor may be found distracting even if such use is perfectly purposeful. The explorations contained herein draw a varied amount of situations and many of these works do have coherence beyond the metaphors and verbosity viewed in retrospect.
† † Itís a matter of perspective and expectation. But in this day and age, when instant gratification and short attention spans seem to be attributes of personality that are more commonplace, it is a risk that many of these works can run into despite their quality. Nevertheless, many of the pieces in Long are drawn out ruminations that take the reader through a toboggan of distinctive imagery.
† † To engage in such lyrical journey itís up to the reader.

Long-Poetry and Lyrical Prose, July 2005 Rumrazor Press, ISBN 0-9724134-0-5

† †

copyright 2005 Francisco Dominguez


Francisco Dominguez

author's bio

    Francisco J. Dominguez emigrated from Mexico to the United States at the age of 13. Since then, he has written and published a book of poetry, Estranged by the Airfields of Vienna. Fran's creative work is mostly comprised of short prose and free verse. As an immigrant, his endeavors are based on an outside-looking-in perspective. Fran is the art editor for poeticdiversity, and has been writing poetry for more than 10 years. He lives in Long Beach, California.

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