• The Chasers

    Pages: 144
    Illustrations: 33 illustrations
    Sales/Territorial Rights: World
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  • Prelude  xi
    Part I.
    Walnuts  3
    Never Chicano Enough  5
    Suddenly Blank  7
    Nice Meals  8
    Down the Little Arroyo  9
    Never Dreamed  11
    A Dark Side  13
    Talking with Mom  16
    Fastest Naked Sprinter  19
    In the Cactus Chronicle  21
    The Chase Mystique  23
    Part II.
    Playing Bull  27
    Sports People  29
    All about Fun  32
    A Quiet Guy  34
    In Formation  35
    Champagne in a Martini Class  38
    White, Black, or Blue  41
    My Inner Mexican Comes In  42
    No More Oranges  45
    No Emblem  46
    Ode to Ralph 48
    I'd Like the Job  50
    Part III.
    Not from Tucson  55
    Ornamental Oranges  57
    I Never Liked You  60
    A Place to Stand  62
    Fiftieth Reunion  64
    I Was Shaking  69
    Three Months Older  71
    Guys on One Side  74
    In the School Yard  76
    Erased  77
    You Won't Do Well  78
    Part IV.
    Observing  83
    Never a Fighter  85
    Papa y yo hablamos  86
    Dad and I Talk  87
    You Were or Were Not  89
    Raw Eggs  90
    My Brother Raul  92
    I Remember  93
    An Old Story  97
    I Am a Chaser  99
    My Dad Died When I Was Six  101
    Packager  103
    Sure Hope We Can Enjoy a Few More Years  107
  • "I love this book—the voices, the stories, and the corazón. It's a great collection accessible to poets and Chasers alike, and to kids and adults and académicos, y los que se creen pendejos pero no lo son. It's wise and funny and heartbreaking and moving. Bravo. Felicidades. What a lovely trip Renato Rosaldo has made to the interior of the border and to that other interior, his own heart." — Sandra Cisneros

    “Caught between the new cultural vibrations of Elvis and contesting verses of Aztec poets, between being a brown, silenced outcast versus a wild yet polite ‘hard assin’’ football hero—these Chaser tracks bear witness. We go from school-life to sun-scorched farm worker fields, from the effects of national segregation and racism, to most of all the awe and growth of collective being and humanity. There is laughter, fast talk, surprise, insight, craziness, raucous carnalismo, and blessings to those who did not survive. Renato Rosaldo has unearthed, untangled, and literally recorded the intertwined lives of the Chasers, their partners, friends, families, city, and region—their emotional, symbolic, and reflective power. He has lived it, found it, written it, and unfurled its multiple voices. A unique and radical masterpiece.” — Juan Felipe Herrera

    "In this collection of prose poems Renato Rosaldo reveals the rituals of 'twelve high school guys, more club than gang' who seem to possess perfect recall. Indeed, one feels the individual loneliness of the boys sporting their gray high school jackets, but most importantly, they know what a fair fight is. And that ritualized knowledge has also informed the full-grown speakers of The Chasers. This collection calls forth a moment in history, and, by listening to the characters delivered here, we learn more about ourselves, our culture, our own growing pains." — Yusef Komunyakaa

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  • Description

    Renato Rosaldo's new prose poetry collection shares his experiences and those of his group of twelve Mexican-American Tucson High School friends known as the Chasers as they grew up, graduated, and fell out of touch. Derived from interviews with the Chasers and three other friends conducted since their fiftieth high school reunion, Rosaldo's poems present a chorus of distinct voices and perspectives that convey the realities of Chicano life on the borderlands from the 1950s to the present.

    About The Author(s)

    Renato Rosaldo is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at New York University and the author of several books, including The Day of Shelly's Death, also published by Duke University Press.
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