Does Your House Have Lions?

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Does Your House Have Lions? Poetry
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A deeply personal and intense poetical masterpiece details the author's brother's struggle with AIDS and the unforgiving nature of society. Reprint.

Editorial Reviews

One of our more overlooked older poets, Sanchez writes concise, wounded poems that work on the page as well as aloud. A tragedy of sorts written in terse terza rima, this short narrative poem mourns the poet's half-brother's death from AIDS. Borrowing techniques from Greek tragedy and African ritual storytelling and song, it has a section for each speaker: sister, brother, father, and chorus of ancestors. Permeated with the pain of abandonment?the abandoner's, as well as the victim's?the poem is a road map for the disintegrating family: "this father always a guest/ never a permanent resident of my veins/ always a traveler to other terrains." It fades into disembodied voices at the end, the brother's death being one terminus of the ancestral line. But it is the ancestors who offer strength and permanence because they have turned suffering into a stoical wisdom. Interesting and moving, if occasionally straining to make a rhyme, this book is recommended.?Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information.

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