The Great Whirl of Exile

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ISBN 978-1-880684-60-3
Publication Date
April 1999
Page Count
58 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

The Great Whirl of Exile

For those who know his history, it is no surprise that Leroy V. Quintana is a great story-teller in his poetry. He was raised in Albuquerque by Mexican grandparents who told him numerous folk-tales (Cuentos) as a child. "In many ways, I'ms till basically a small-town New Mexico boy carrying on the oral tradition," he comments. His work is endowed not only with a raucous frontier humor, but also a remarkable emotional range, from comic depictions of adolescent love to moving poems of death and loss, to reflections on his war experience in Vietnam.

About the Author

Leroy V. Quintana is a major force in contemporary poetry. Author of five previous books of poetry and twice winner of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, Mr. Quintana is represented in numerous anthologies and his work has been the subject of several studies. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1944 and served in Vietnam during 1967-68, where he kept a notebook that became the source for many of his poems. At present, he is Professor of English at San Diego Mesa College.

"Leroy Quintana's poems,  these shards of penetrating clarity, are filled with surprises that force us to question ourselves." --Yusef Komunyakaa

"Leroy Quintana captures a 'period of Chicano history few poets write about." --The Nation

"Leroy Quintana is stunningly original and an exciting literary voice. There is no question that he is among the top writers of Chicano literature. His work transcends the boundaries of his ethnicity. Years from now, when the political issues of ethnicity fade, I think Leroy will be read. That's the mark of a true artist."

—Robert Olen Butler

"Quintana . . . explores the shape of emotional and spiritual exile. . . . The voice of these poems is both a product of its roots and a reaction against it."

Publishers Weekly