Item description for Puerta del Sol by Francisco Aragon...
Francisco Aragn extends the map of Latino poetry in this bilingual collection. Taking its title from the central plaza in Madrid, it chronicles an overseas journey both public and private. Life in the capital---taking in jazz at a caf after dark, navigating the underground landscapes of the Metro to and from work---is interwoven with the more interior realms of loss in poems that mourn a parent, retrace the steps of a late mentor, or express the collective grief borne of terrorism. The work, in essence, inhabits a seldom explored bicultural space; for Aragn the author is also Aragn the translator, shaping with his own hand Spanish versions of all these poems, thereby embodying the years he shuttled between his native California and his adopted Spain.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 6, 2005
Publisher Bilingual Review Press (AZ)
ISBN 1931010285 ISBN13 9781931010283
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More About Francisco Aragon
FRANCISCO ARAGN is director of Letras Latinas at the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame. He is the founding editor of Momotombo Press and is the author of Puerta del Sol.
Reviews - What do customers think about Puerta del Sol?
A moving album of poetic memories. Jan 3, 2006
If you like Cavafy, and I do, you will enjoy Aragon's poetry. These are poetic snapshots with depth. The specificity of the details (time, place, even the weather) gives the poems the authenticity of individual personal experience, but the emotional observations (love and loss, yearning and revulsion) speak to the universal human condition.
Stunning Little Mirrors Revealing Life's Complexities Mar 25, 2005
Francisco Aragon's verse has graced the pages of several chapbooks and innumerable literary journals not to mention anthologies published by W.W. Norton, Heyday Books and Soft Skull Press. Aragon is also the founding editor and publisher of Momotombo Press which promotes emerging Latino writers and is housed at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame where Aragon is a Visiting Fellow. His talents at translation have been utilized for a half dozen books including those by the great Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. Aragon's honors include an Academy of American Poets Prize and an AWP Intro Journals Project Award. With Puerta del Sol, Aragon offers us his first full-length book of poetry. And it is about time. Whether confronting terrorism on Spanish soil, memories of his late mother, or lamenting love lost, Aragon allows his images to travel from one continent to another, between English and Spanish, from hard, present tense reality to amorphous, malleable memory. Aragon's poems are stunning little mirrors that reveal the shimmering complexity of our lives and dreams. This is an eloquent collection that deserves attention. [The full review first appeared in Moorishgirl.com.]