Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Juan J. Morales forthcoming book of poems, The Siren World, is a collection at once intensely personal and seemlessly universal. The poems delve into the wonders and horrors of the world, and reveal the mind of a poet open to anything that may strike his widely ranging thoughts. Along with visits to his parents' homelands of Ecuador and Puerto Rico, this very American poet spies on King Carlos V conjuring empire, envisions the murderous mobs of present-day Ambato, and the brutal death of Pizarro. Here are great migrations and conquests. Here are…abandoned Gods…bumping shoulders with our modern world. Here is a detained prisoner of a brutal regime (…buried up to my neck in the yard …I sew my lips shut with black thread…), alongside a father gingerly but powerfully removing a barbed fishhook from the finger of his son.
Juan Morales is the author of the chapbook, The Ransom and Example of Atahualpa, and the collections, Friday and the Year That Followed, winner of the 2005 Rhea Seymour and Gorsline Poetry Prize, and THE SIREN WORLD (Lithic Press, 2015). His poetry has appeared in Acentos Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Fruitapulp, Huizache, North Dakota Review, Palabra, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Washington Square, ZONE 3, and others. He is the Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Magazine, a CantoMundo Fellow, and an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and curates the SoCo Reading Series.Author City: PUEBLO, CO USA