The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body by Alberto Rios (Paperback / softback, 2002)
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- DescriptionNational Book Award finalistAlberto Rios explains the world t through reason but magic. These poemsset in a town that straddles Mexico and Arizonaare lyric adventures, crossing two and three boundaries as easily as one, between cultures, between languages, between senses. Drawing upon fable, parable, and family legend, Rios utilizes the intense and supple imagination of childhood to find and preserve history beyond facts: plastic lemons turning into baseballs, a grandmother s long hair reaching up to save her life, the painted faith jumpers leaping to the earth and crowd below. This is magical realism at its shimmering best. Alberto Rios is a poet of reverie and magical perception, and of the threshold between this world and the world just beyond. With humor, compassion, and intelligence, Rios's poems overlay a child's observation and imagination onto our society of daily inequity, poverty, and violence. The light of memory shines on culture, language, family, neighbors, and friends saving them all in stories that become legends, a light so sensual and full it is 'swallowed into the mouth of the eye, / into the throat of the people.' National Book Award Judges' comments Alberto Rios is a poet of reverie... Whether talking about the smell of food, the essence of a crow or a bear's character or of hard-won human wisdom, Rios writes in a serenely clear manner that enhances the drama in the quick scenes he summons up. The New York Times Book Review .. . Rios's verse inhabits a country of his own making, sometimes political, often personal, with the familiarity and pungency of an Arizona chili. The Christian Science Monitor Alberto Rios is the man you want to sit next to when it is time to hear a story. Southwest BookViews In The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, Alberto Rios doesn't borrow a myth. Rather, he finds the myth underlying his own lifemyth that translates effectively because it is t confined by language. The images of Rios' life are so vivid, it is as if he has written a picture book that anyone can understand. The Home & News Tribune In his new book of poems, Alberto Rios has given us evidence and motive for celebration. Rios' poems follow a path of wonder and gently move us to emotional truths that grab our breath and link our inner and outer landscapes. His alchemy works a transformation in the inner vision, turning us toward the deeper mystery of life itself. American Book Review Alberto Rios teaches at Arizona State and is the author of eight books of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir about growing up on the Mexican border. He is the recipient of numerous awards and his work is included in over 175 national and international literary anthologies. His work is regularly taught and translated, and has been adapted to dance and both classical and popular music.
- Author BiographyAlberto Rios served as the Arizona State Poet, teaches at Arizona State University, and is the author of nine books of poetry, three collections of short stories, an a memoir. His book of poems, The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, was nominated for the National Book Award in Poetry.
- Author(s)Alberto Rios
- PublisherCopper Canyon Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2002
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCopper Canyon Press
- Weight204 g
- Width161 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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