Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Alberto Rios's new poems--magical wormholes through mundane reality--create an improbably true space where human bodies fall through floorboards, prickly feelings of limbs "fallen asleep" are stars buzzing under the skin, and ironed shirts hanging in a closet take on a foreboding sense of danger. Together they are a book of magical realism and cultural physics seeking the "also-moment"--the probable and imaginative directions a single moment might become. "Science may be our best way of understanding the world," Rios writes in one poem, "but it may not be our best way of living in it." "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 Poet Laureate of Arizona and host of the PBS program Books & Co. He was a finalist for the National Book Award for his poetry volume THE SMALLEST MUSCLE IN THE HUMAN BODY (Copper Canyon Press, 2002). He teaches at Arizona State University and lives in Chandler, Arizona.Author City: Chandler, AZ USA