Glow of Our Sweat: Poems

Glow of Our Sweat: Poems

by Francisco Aragon

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Overview

With poems, translations, and an essay, Francisco Aragón enacts a dialogue between poetry and prose, memory and imagination, self and other, as he deftly begins to un- cover a road where a gay, Latino, and cosmopolitan poet fully inhabits the world. More than a collection of poems, Glow of Our Sweat is a community of poems, one where multiple voices and genres mingle, converse, and commiserate.

''Reading Francisco Aragón's new collection of poetry and prose is like taking a bite of a perfectly ripened apple — a fresh, sensual, subtly-flavored and long-lingering experience. His poems possess the meditative quality of one who has sat for a long time with memory and then gracefully distilled it into language. And what language — vivid, unexpected and alive! His own work and his translations are a seamless whole documenting the life of the body, heart and soul. Complementing these is a moving essay about his journey toward integrating his homosexuality into his creative and public life as a poet.'' —Michael Nava six time Lambda Literary Award winner; recipient of the Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in Gay and Lesbian Literature

''Francisco Aragón conceives his art making as interruption and interlude. Glow of Our Sweat is composed of finely crafted song-forms equipped to suspend and infer. With elegant modulation energizing images into sharp-edged focus, the translator in Aragón knows that surfaces of speech are a methodology of skin over which cultural histories can either resist or give way. His poetry aligns with the works of Rubén Darío, Federico García Lorca, and Francisco X. Alarcón—translated into the author's own idiom on familiar terms with Jack Spicer, among a few others. The concluding prose piece, “Flyer, Closet, Poem,” provides a narrative of suppleness to situations that claim our sexual selfhood. It's a poetics coupled to community, and so to transformation of the world's body as some syllables are given to touch.''—Roberto Tejada author of Exposition Park (poems) and National Camera: Photography and Mexico's Image Environment.

''If imitation is flattery, influence is praise. Aragón, in this charming, vulnerable collection, refers to his series of probing translations as 'versions.' Much more than homage, these poems are siesta and question, old friends you recognize but whose names flirt with your sensibilities and continue breathing. Bravo.'' —Quraysh Ali Lansana author of They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems

''Francisco Aragón's elegant mix of original poems, translations, imitations, and memoir makes for a collection that shows what an impressive writer he is in all of his chosen forms.''—John Matthias author of Kedging

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979129131
Publisher: Scapegoat Press
Publication date: 04/28/2010
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

A native of San Francisco and a former long-term resident of Spain, Francisco Aragón is the author of Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press) and editor of the award-winning, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press). His work has appeared in a range of anthologies, including Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies (W.W. Norton), American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement (University of Iowa Press), Evensong: Contemporary American Poets on Spirituality (Bottom Dog Press), Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark Press) and, most recently, Mariposa: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press). His poems and translations (from the Spanish) have appeared in various print and web publications, including, Chain, Crab Orchard Review, Chelsea, The Journal, the online venues, Jacket, Electronic Poetry Review, and Poetry Daily. He directs Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is also the editor of Canto Cosas, a book series from Bilingual Press featuring the work of Latino and Latina poets. He is a member of the Macondo Writing Workshop in San Antonio and on the board of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

Table of Contents

9 Author’s note

I

13 Love Poem

15 Torso

16 The Poet Speaks with His Beloved on the Telephone

17 The Slide

19 Gravel&Grass

21 In Secret

22 Symphony in Grey

24 Walt Whitman

25 Asleep You Become a Continent

26 Earplugs

27 Words In Space

30 Your Voice

31 Ars Poetica

33 San Francisco, 1985

35 The Tailor

37 To Madrid

38 Midtown Triptych

41 The Other Day I Ran Into García Lorca

42 Arttalk

II

45 Flyer, Closet, Poem

59 Appendix (poems in Spanish)

65 Acknowledgements

66 Notes

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