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"Business" is a small poem, both in length and in ambition. Accordingly, critics have not paid much attention to it. However, they have reviewed Mainland , the collection in which it appeared. Writing for the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Pamela Masingale Lewis notes that "reviewers of Mainland were pleased to see themes which departed from the New York experience. They marveled at the presence of multiple cultures in Cruz's poetry. One critic noted that the Mainland voice is "more developed" and less self-conscious than that of Snaps [Cruz's previous collection], but felt the abstractions were inappropriate for the sensuous imagery. On the whole, Mainland was lauded by critics for its diverse themes and the ease with which Cruz exposes the underside of mainland U.S.A. Reviewing Mainland for Library Journal, Dorothy Nyren writes that Cruz's "juxtaposition and intermingling of Latin and Anglo ways of seeing things gives an...

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