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By Alberto Ríos

"Rios conjures up the mysterious and unforeseen forces that stay contained in the familiar."—The Washington Post

"Ríos can provide one other beautiful e-book of poems, wealthy in impeccable metaphors, that enjoy the ordinariness of morning espresso and the crackle of thunderous barren region storms. in a single sonnet, Ríos addresses injustice within the borderlands, shooting with mathematical precision the standard struggles that many migrants face—'The border is an equation looking for an equals sign.' a sequence of sonnets approximately barren region plants abounds with very good, magical imagery—'Bougainvilleas don't bloom—they bleed' and 'Apricots are eggs laid in bushes via invisible golden hens.' Likewise, Ríos's bestiary sonnets overflow with inimitable similes, useful of a e-book unto themselves—'Minnows are the place a river’s leg has fallen asleep' and 'Gnats are sneezes nonetheless flying around.' This strong quantity is the correct position to begin for readers new to Ríos and a prize for professional fans."—Booklist

In his 13th booklet, Alberto Rios casts an excessive barren region mild at the wealthy tales unfolding alongside the Mexico-US border. Peppered with Spanish and touches of magical realism, usual existence and its uncomplicated props—morning showers, spilled birdseed, wintry weather lemons—becomes an exploration of mortality and humanity, and the various chances of how lives may but be lived.

Mad Honey

Made from excellent rhododendron, toxic rhododendron,
Very difficult-to-pronounce rhododendron—whatever

Rhododendron even is—I must glance it up myself,
This observe sounding hyped up, peacocky with its

Indianapolisly-long spelling, all these letters relocating in and out.
But the plant itself, the plant and the bees that locate it:

The bees see in its red flower, first, a crimson flower.
They don't spell it. they don't dwell in worry of quizzes,

Purple supplying what it has to provide, unapologetic, with no further
Definition, pink impossible to resist to the artist's and to the bee's eye—

Who can blame both one this first-grade impulse towards love?
Purple, consistently donning whatever low-cut . . .

Alberto Rios is the Poet Laureate of Arizona and host of the PBS software Books & Co. He was once a finalist for the nationwide booklet Award for his poetry quantity The Smallest Muscle within the Human Body. He teaches at Arizona nation collage and lives in Chandler, Arizona.


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