At the age of nineteen Victor Hernández Cruz exploded onto the national poetry scene with his dazzling debut, Snaps. Maraca: New and Selected Poems 1965-2000 is a sumptuous collection representing over thirty-five years of poetic evolution from one of America’s most exhilarating poets, featuring work from long out-of-print works, including Papo Got His Gun, Snaps, Mainland, Tropicalization, By Lingual Wholes, and Rhythm, Content & Flavor.
“A fluent sensualist and rhythmic stylist . . . [Cruz] is often invoked as a revered forerunner and seminal influence on the Nuyorican poetry movement.” —The Washington Post
“Wit, insight, and faith in the survival of a human universe combine . . .” —Anselm Hollo
“Tough, lyrical, rhythmic, lush, dead-pan funny and dead-pan beautiful.” —Jessica Hagedorn
“What would be treacle in the hands of lesser souls in quirky and utterly lovely in Cruz’s.” —Voice Literary Supplement
Finalist, Griffin Poetry Prize
Finalist, Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize