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April 1996
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Poems of the River Spirit
Kilwein Guevara, Maurice
The locales of these poems range from the mountains of western Pennsylvania to the Andes, the subjects from memories of Kilwein Guevara’s native Colombia to a New York street scene. What characterizes all of them is precise and surprising language, a brilliance of effect, that establishes him as one of the most original young American poets.
Maurice Kilwein Guevara has won grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the J. William Fulbright Commission. His poetry has appeared in publications such as the Kenyon Review and Poetry, and his first book, Postmortem, was published in 1994.
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The locales of these poems range from the mountains of western Pennsylvania to the Andes, the subjects from memories of Kilwein Guevara’s native Colombia to a New York street scene. What characterizes all of them is precise and surprising language, a brilliance of effect, that establishes him as one of the most original young American poets.
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“This book evokes a world utterly specific and individual and, at the same time, the world we all live in: a world both beautiful and ruined.”—Lynn Emanuel

"Guevara writes with immense poise and authority. His images are exact and true; his language is raw yet utterly polished. . . .the word multicultural might have been coined for this poet, who alludes to Dante as casually as he deploys Spanish slang. Voices haunt his book. . . ." —Patricia Monaghan

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