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poetry seeks to understand a world of machines and violence, to
confront, cry out against, and weep for a modern world that has
abandoned the aesthetic of hope. His poems are stories, prayers,
and letters that foster a spiritual resolve in the midst of a chaotic
and concrete reality that denies the holy. Primarily urban and intensely
personal, these poems are nonetheless universal in dealing with
issues of the day: race, faith, urban decay, poverty, police brutality,
and the individual search for hope in the midst of despair.
iceworker sings and other poems
won the 1997 UC Irvine Chicano/Latino Literary Prize and the before
Columbus 2000 American Book Award.
late Andrés Montoya lived in Fresno, California. He
worked as a field hand, ditch digger, canner, ice plant worker,
and writing teacher.