Small Fires

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About the author:
José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and the author of six chapbooks as well as the collections Everything We Think We Hear (Floricanto Press) and Small Fires (FutureCycle Press). His poems, prose, and reviews have appeared in RHINO Poetry, New South, and Queen Mob's Tea House among other places. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, he runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence and teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Small Fires

Authored by Jose Angel Araguz

In SMALL FIRES, José Angel Araguz engages personal mythologies of the self, culture, and place. The crucible of Mexican-American identity is on display: poems about feeling the need to hide one's Spanish and family history live alongside those dealing with reclaiming and owning one's language and life. At the center of this collection is a series detailing a divorce where heart and heritage clashed and forged a new beginning. Whether creating a fable of a man who tries to walk across Texas only to turn into a mesquite tree, addressing issues of domestic violence experienced both in childhood and as an adult, or catching up with La Llorona in cafes, saloons, and movie theaters, these poems move with the urgency of the present moment and the intimacy of memory and imagination.

Publication Date:
1942371284 / 9781942371281
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / Hispanic American

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