Sonoran Strange

Sonoran Strange

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Univ of New Mexico Pr

Sonoran Strange is a poem cycle about the Arizona-Sonoran borderlands, as told through the stories of historic, ironic, and sometimes ludicrous characters and events. Phillips's debut full-length collection, the book is a love letter to the desert and an indictment of human folly. Phillips's poetry is universal and historical: he addresses culture, the environment, and our borderlands history.Sonoran Strange is a land of contradictions. It is a land of settlement and manifest destiny, a land of indigenous and migrant cultures. The author includes notes on the poems that relay their historical and literary underpinnings for a multilayered look at Arizona's collisions. The mashup of imagery and English and Spanish language provides readers with an experience that is both enlightening and entertaining, ritualistic and educational. Phillips, with creative partner Adam Cooper-Terán, has performed the theatrical version of Sonoran Strange across the United States and in Europe as an open-air, theater-in-the-round presentation that incorporates video, music, and bilingual spoken word. For more information visit www.sonoranstrange.com.


Phillips's debut full-length collection, the book is a love letter to the desert and an indictment of human folly. Phillips's poetry is universal and historical: he addresses culture, the environment, and our borderlands history.



Publisher: Albuquerque, NM : West End Press, c2015
ISBN: 9780991074259
0991074254
Branch Call Number: 811.6 P5449s 2015
PS3616.H4557 S66 2015
Characteristics: 108 pages.: illustrations, map ; 23 cm

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Tucson treasure, poet, and performer Logan Phillips penned a protest song, cautionary tale and love song in his tribute to the Sonoran Desert.

Layered with early and contemporary voices, these powerful verses decry the march of “progress”—migrants who, after first conquering the indigenous p... Read More »

Selected by Bruce Dinges as a Southwest Books of the Year 2015 Top Pick.

Selected by Vicki Ann Duraine as a Southwest Books of the Year 2015 Top Pick.


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