Latino Writings on the Sacred
ISBN10: 1931010153 ISBN13: 9781931010153 Publisher: Bilingual Pr Published: Dec 1 2003 Pages: 157 Weight: 0.50lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.25" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
Renaming Ecstays brings together poets who have explored experiences of the sacred in ways that are unique to Latin American culture and highlights the richness and complexity of Latino spiritual life. Because of Latin America's mestizaje of cultures, traditional Catholicism exists alongside other practices of African or indigenous origin. In their invocation of the divine, poets of Caribbean origin draw inspiration from the myths and practices of Santeria. Others write devotionally about topics that engage Latino Catholics: the matter of religious vocation and those devotional practices that connect individuals to the community and give shape to their daily lives. The collection features poetry by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Demetria Martinez, Orlando Ricardo Menes, and Virgil Siarez, among others.