Images of New Orleans's historic French Quarter evoke wrought iron gates, flowers hanging from second-story porches, and age-old romance. But hidden from the romantic and joyful jubilations of Mardi Gras, The darkness of an empty alley can inspire remembrance of things past-dreams within dreams, As Edgar Allan Poe might say.French Quarter Cantos: A Poelageis a collection of verse from a poet who has walked down the dark alleys of New Orleans, discovering a visceral connection To The city and, ultimately, artistic inspiration. Author Genaro Jesse Perez uses powerful imagery, expressing strong emotions and memories, both bitter and sweet, In this fond ode to a beautiful and troubled city in the American south.Read about the epic inevitability of mortality in "Dolores" and "Just a Little Kiss." See through the false faces of holier-than-thou academics in "Face Dancers." and bitterness and regret rule "Award for Long Service." Poe was never afraid of the darkness; neither is Perez. Delve into the abyss of New Orleans, despite the foreboding atmosphere.
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December 28, 2010
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