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Cover of: Warrior-Poet of the Fifth Sun by Luis A. Lopez


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    Ken Machado

Warrior-Poet of the Fifth Sun
a book of poetry

Published in San Francisco, CA .

About the Book


"As a Chicano by culture, I have a tendency to look around me in the literary world hoping a young latino jaguar appears, their mind scathingly cool and hot cutting through the luke-warm room temperature poets of our times.

Bored by the paltry mediocrity of much poetry from wedding cake Poet Laureate props to ghetto smack-down hip-hop sessions, imagine how pleased I was when I read Luis A. López's poetry.

It is real, crafted, exploratory and useful in the literary sense, it combines to create unique voice, its images are vital to the context of our age and it has a strenuous if not desperate sense of trying to make sense of the chaos, the violence, the racism, the lies... I look forward to seeing the progressive development of this wonderful poet..."

Jimmy Santiago Baca
Winner of the Pushcart Prize, American Book Award, National Poetry Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award, and the prestigious International Award

"The voice of Warrior-Poet of the Fifth Sun is a compelling and desperately needed one. The words - intrinsically beautiful in their own right - speak to important political and social issues. López moves smoothly from the Chicano to the Brown to the Latino to the Human experience. He is able to explore these identities in great depth with simple carefully crafted phrases.

The pages of this book advance through different styles, as stream of consciousness meets hip-hop meets the e-technology of our time. The emotional range - from exuberance to melancholy - make the reading an exhilarating experience. Anger turns to joy which turns to sadness as the reader turns the pages. The work is inspirational.

Through his poems, López tells his distinctive story - yet the words resonate from so many perspectives that the poems invite readers to interpret their own individual experiences through them. This multivocality makes the book a must- read for anyone interested in exploring identity. Powerful!"

James Vreeland, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
Yale University

"Warrior-Poet of the Fifth Sun is an eloquent collection of poems that captures a rare view into the imagination and reality of a modern day poet. López's debut work describes the joy, love, and pain of urban life and how his world exists beyond the physical one. His prose is full of a vibrancy and passion that bring to life this body of work.

The power of his expression weaves the ancient and contemporary, unifying the worlds that divide and unite America."

Reymundo Dominguez, Ph.D.
University of Southern California

"When most poets write of their worlds we gain insight into their lives, but in the end we are left fully aware that in some sense we are voyeurs who will always stand outside the door watching them through the window of their existences. However, Luis A. López opens the door and invites us into the living room of his soul, where the words are chiseled with the blood and the tears of three cultures, torn loose and laid before us in a rendering that one marvels at how lines so clean and simple in the end are interweaved in such complexity that for the instant we read them we truly become a part of the world as seen through his eyes.

His poems meet the highest criteria of poetry: they are honest, as natural as breath, and offer insights so obvious that the reader wonders why he never thought of life quite in those terms on his own. These are true poems that speak to the mind, the body, and the soul, as all good poetry should."

Roger Humes
The Other Voices International Project

"Can somebody say, 'Paradigm Shift'? Mr. López's book of poetry marks a fundamental shift in the field of Chicano studies. Finally a X-icano poet emerges from the X-generation as true to his 1980's urban American upbringing as to the Mexican roots of his migrant ancestors. López is that unique poet who's references are a masterful blend of Mexica-Azteca folklore and American pop history: from Quetzalcoatl and Cuauhtemoc to Jack Kerouac and Grandmaster Flash.

In his work, Warrior-Poet of the Fifth Sun, the oh-so talented López courageously takes on formerly taboo subjects such as the Pope, Black-Chicano relations and our love-hate of the Spanish. As you will see from your readings of López, Chicanos can finally boast a homegrown poet with the cross-over appeal of a Selena Quintanilla or an Oscar De La Hoya. It is now just a matter of time before the Ivy League academics and the MTV generation come to recognize this phenomenal and genuine talent."

Albert Jimenez Howell
Master of Theological Studies
Harvard Divinity School

"I must confess that if poetry has the quality to speak to the soul, López’s book not only speaks but guides the path to be taken. This is Xicano poetry at its best and represents many of the spiritual dilemmas that we Xicana/os and Chicana/os battle within us in the everyday identity war field. His poetry soothes and describes in detail our inner spiritual wars; the conflict we have in dealing with our Spanish heritage; the loathing we have at times towards catholic dogma and the religious battle within ourselves to either believe the Christian God or our ancestors Gods.

There is also the fine fine tradition that stems all the way to Lope de Vega’s, 'El Arte Nuevo de Hacer Comedias en Este Tiempo', whereby Lope de Vega urged his countrymen to speak to them in their language. So does López, and not only does he give praise to other poets, he speaks to the universal in Spanglish. For let us not forget, and López does not allow us to do it, Spanglish is the language of our brethren from other parts of the Latino world, the lingua franca amongst us Latino who are bilingual and connects us to the Cuban, the Puertorican, the Columbian.

There is a profound sense of wanting to reach what Plotinus calls 'Beauty and the One'. He reminds us of our nation Aztlán and speaks for the voiceless ones who cannot speak to monolingual America. He paints for us the streets as they are, where routine meets the spirit of Hermes in those of us who need to detail what we see to others."

Julio Martínez

"At once encompassing the context of 2nd generation Chicanos and beyond - to indigenous bloodlines of the past, Luis A. López transitions from the historic then to the personal in this beautiful book of prose regarding what it is to be Chicano in 2004. Not afraid to venture away from the once rigid definition of Chicano, López shines through as a next generation poet/intellectual with rare insight into the two worlds that we have come to call The Mexican American Experience.

Warrior-Poet of the Fifth Sun is a relevant, joyful read for anyone of any background and race interested in the search for meaning and identity in this paradox we call home."

Carlos Rueda
San Jose State University

Excerpts from El Paso Times Review, Sunday, November 14, 2004

Chicano poet releases truths with touching glimpse of soul

"Chicano poetry made its presence known in the 1970s, confronting the mainstream literary community with a genre defining the experience of a people. The poetry was confrontational, nationalistic and very personal. Jose Montoya's "El Louie" remains a classic from this period. Early Chicano poets wrote from the heart and tried to capture the Chicano experience.

To some critics -- poets and especially university faculty -- Chicano poetry lacked craft. Too much emotion. Yet the poetry contained a ring of truth. We could identify with classic poems such as "I am Joaquin" by Corky Gonzalez or "Stupid America" by the late Abelardo Delgado. The poems matured and at times were not as political, but images of the Chicano experience remained a strong suit of the poems.

Luis A. Lopez's touching and insightful book, "Warrior Poet of the Fifth Sun" is an artistic work.

One manner of understanding the idea of 'warrior' is simply not being afraid of who you are; it's an idea worth grasping, as it enables one's search for understanding. This is the strength of this book: The warrior poet must be honest and fearless in his work, in his life.

Carlos F. Ortega
Lecturer in Chicano Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso

Full El Paso Times Review here:

First Sentence

Shadows of the serpent

The Physical Object

Format Paperback
Number of pages 216
Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
Weight 11.4 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library OL9617908M
Internet Archive WarriorPoetoftheFifthSun
ISBN 10 1933037520
ISBN 13 978-1933037523
LC Control Number 2004116656
Library Thing 1140128
Goodreads 4658850

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