Songs Older Than Any Known Singer

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In a story told in part by ghosts, the author takes the reader through the Inframundo, the timeless underworld of the ancient peoples of Mexico, to find out how he came to be the scion of a now-childless family. His tale is inhabited by eclectic characters?a clairvoyant albino aunt; a great-grandfather stolen by the Kickapu Indians; an aunt who learned English from the young Lyndon Baines Johnson in exchange for cabbages and potatoes. Combining traditional memoir, ancient Mexican history and beliefs, ...

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Overview

In a story told in part by ghosts, the author takes the reader through the Inframundo, the timeless underworld of the ancient peoples of Mexico, to find out how he came to be the scion of a now-childless family. His tale is inhabited by eclectic characters—a clairvoyant albino aunt; a great-grandfather stolen by the Kickapu Indians; an aunt who learned English from the young Lyndon Baines Johnson in exchange for cabbages and potatoes. Combining traditional memoir, ancient Mexican history and beliefs, personal sacramental journeys, and ghostly interviews, the author gallops through the personal transformation in his first published collection of poetry.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A voice at once familiar and mythic is telling these stories, singing these songs. For fans of John Phillip Santos' prose, here is where the writer learned to speak with so much wisdom, so much grace."  —Sandra Cisneros, author, The House on Mango Street

"[An] elegantly crafted chronicle . . . . One of the most insightful investigations into Mexican-American border culture available."  —Publishers Weekly

"This is an important book, both as memoir and because it helps us grasp the history of a people who are an integral part of the national identity. Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries."  —Library Journal on Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916727352
  • Publisher: Wings Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

John Phillip Santos was the first Mexican-American Rhodes scholar to study at Oxford University. He is a recipient of the Academy of American Poets' Prize at Notre Dame and the Oxford Prize for fiction. Santos' 1999 family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former executive producer and director for Thirteen/WNET, Santos also produced of more than 40 documentaries for CBS and PBS, two of which were nominated for Emmy Awards.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Professor Arturo Madrid     xi
Author's Note to the Benevolent Reader     xiii
Walked-In Skin
For the Traveler     3
Portolani     4
The Word     5
Remembering the Poem     6
Elegy     7
Untitled     8
Long Ghazal     9
Acquiring the Hand     10
Expedition     12
The Fact Which is Everything     14
Zarzamora Street     16
Inevitable Fruits
Sauza Talk     19
The Same Face     22
August     24
Wetback     26
Piedras Negras     29
For a Death in the Family     30
Geology     32
With My Old Friend     34
Texas     35
Screens
Colophon for a First Book     39
The Angus Martyr     41
The November Screen     42
Starting Over     51
The Fredericksburg Screen     53
Albion Exile
Factories at Southampton     59
Letter from England     61
The Early Call     63
Adams's Well     65
Field Day     67
Testimony     69
On Rectory Road     71
London New Year     73
Epistle on History     75
His Only Regret     77
Old Film     79
Untitled     81
Struggle Speeches I     82
The Waiting     83
The Book of Woman's Laughter     84
Oxford Punk     85
Mexica World Radio
From the Brown Book     89
1964 Sonnet     94
From the Spanish     95
A Naked Man Jumps Off Harlem     98
Sumpul     102
Somotillo     105
Abuelos     106
La Ruta     108
Muneca de San Angel     109
At the Hill of Old Boots     111
The Memory Prayer     113
Peregrinos     114
La Diosa de Maguey     115
Rancho Sandia     116
Daykeeping     118
Chiapas Sonnets     119
Saving Light     120
New Sun     121
A Legend     122
Winter Menu     123
Untitled     124
Deep Field     125
Prodigals      126
Late Dispatch     127
Landfall     128
About the Author     129
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