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Dreaming the End of War

Benjamin Saenz


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This gripping suite of twelve dreams, infused with the conflict along the border of Mexico and the United States, traces humanity's addiction to violence and killing--from boys stepping on ants to men shooting animals, men shooting women, men shooting enemies. The Dreams begin in a desert landscape where poverty and wealth grate against each other, and the ever present war becomes "as invisible as the desert sands we trample on." The dreams, however, move toward a greater peace with S enz providing an unforgettable reading experience.

From "The Fourth Dream: Families and Flags and Revenge"

I don't believe a flag
is important
enough to kiss--
or even burn.

Some men would hate me
enough to kill me
if they read these words.

"Rage," S enz said in an interview, "must be a component of any writer's life. But this rage must also be contained--otherwise our very bodies will become chaos--our minds will become chaos. We need order." S enz finds that order in poems, transforming his rage into something "more beautiful and gracious and forgiving."

Poet and novelist Benjamin S enz has written 10 books of poetry and prose, most recently In Perfect Light (HarperCollins). He was a Catholic priest, doing missionary and charity work in London, Tanzania, and the barrio parishes of El Paso, Texas. Upon leaving the priesthood, he was awarded a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He teaches in the MFA program at University of Texas, El Paso.

Copper Canyon Press, 9781556592393, 96pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2006