The Theater of Night
Theater of Night by Alberto Rios
Book Description"In this rhapsodic series of poems, Rios presents the story of Ventura and Clemente Rios, a married couple living near the United States-Mexico border. . . . Rios's project [is] indebted to magic realism but rooted in naturalism.""--The New Yorker""Rios creates the feeling of enchanted or intimate lore within a family [and] evokes the mysterious and unexpected forces that dwell inside the familiar.""--The Washington Post"Now in paperback, and following the success of his National Book Award nomination, Alberto Rios' new book is filled with magic, marvel, and emotional truth. Set along the elusive southern border, his poems trace the lives and loves of an elderly couple through their childhood and courtship to marriage, maturity, old age, and death. Like the best of storytellers, Rios charms his readers, making us care deeply--even love--these people we read.From "The Chair She Sits In" "I've heard this thing where, when someone dies, ""People close up all the holes around the house-""The keyholes, the chimney, the windows, Even the mouths of the animals, the dogs and the pigs.It's so the soul won't be confused, or tempted . . ."Alberto Rios, the poet laureate of Arizona, teaches at Arizona State University. He is the author of eight books of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781556592591
Paperback / softback
(225mm x 147mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Copper Canyon Press
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alberto Rios
Small Story about the Sky, Paperback / softback (August 2015)
"The New York Times" got it right when they called Alberto Rios, thePoet Laureate of Arizona, "a poet of reverie."
Dangerous Shirt, Paperback / softback (May 2009)
National Book Award finalist Alberto Rios returns with his signature desert Southwest magical-realism.
Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, Paperback / softback (April 2002)
Alberto Rios literally charms his border town--this is magical realism at its best."
Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses, Paperback (June 1992)» View all books by Alberto Rios
"Boldly playful, gymnastic and surreal."-Leslie Ullman, Kenyon Review
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Author Biography - Alberto Rios
Alberto 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.
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