Eliezar Risco Lozada and Guillermo Martinez (essay date 1970)
SOURCE: An introduction to Crazy Gypsy, Origenes Publication, 1970, pp. 7-11.
[In the following essay, Risco Lozada and Martinez note thematic and stylistic aspects of Salinas's work, including an emphasis on surrealism, women, loneliness, and Chicano identity.]
Omar is the Crazy Gypsy. Omar is the whistler of tunes. Omar is the dreamer of stoics, of nightingales, of moons, of bellies, of stars, and of death. Omar is the poet of somnambular beginnings … amazed by his own trickery at finding the right words to say to the virgin. Omar is the claimer of bodies … undertaker of America. Omar is the son of Aram the happy money man. Omar is the repairman of corazones. Who...
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