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A Small Story about the Sky by Alberto Ríos

By Alberto Ríos

"Rios inspires the mysterious and unforeseen forces that reside contained in the familiar."—The Washington Post

"Ríos can provide one other attractive publication 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 typical struggles that many migrants face—'The border is an equation looking for an equals sign.' a sequence of sonnets approximately barren region plant life abounds with really good, magical imagery—'Bougainvilleas don't bloom—they bleed' and 'Apricots are eggs laid in bushes through invisible golden hens.' Likewise, Ríos's bestiary sonnets overflow with inimitable similes, necessary 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 proper position to begin for readers new to Ríos and a prize for professional fans."—Booklist

In his 13th ebook, Alberto Rios casts an excessive desolate tract gentle at the wealthy tales unfolding alongside the Mexico-US border. Peppered with Spanish and touches of magical realism, traditional existence and its uncomplicated props—morning showers, spilled birdseed, iciness lemons—becomes an exploration of mortality and humanity, and the numerous probabilities of how lives could 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 overrated, 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 crimson flower, first, a red flower.
They don't spell it. they don't stay in worry of quizzes,

Purple delivering what it has to supply, 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, continuously donning whatever low-cut . . .

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


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