Poetry. Latinx Studies. The title means "Diary of an Eighty-Year-Old: A Poem with More Tears than Hands;" the poems or cantos are in English. The book is a long, intense, lyrical, and often surreal meditation/recollection of a life in all its complexities, with frequent immersions into the loss of friends and family. In short this is a stunningly beautiful, unique, and unsentimentalized invocation of life and its mirror image, death. Argüelles remains at the peak of his powers with this unforgettably intimate, universal, and deeply human work, "where sleep is freed / from waking."
Iván Argüelles is a Mexican-American innovative poet whose work moves from early Beat and surrealist-influenced forms to later epic-length poems. He received the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award in 1989 as well as the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award in 2010. His most recent works include DIARIO DI UN OTTOGENARIO (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2020), THE RUDIMENTS OF POETRY: NEW POEMS 2017-2018 (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2020), THE SHAPE OF AIR: FRAGMENTS (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2020), and TWILIGHT CANTOS (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2019).Author City: BERKELEY, CA USA