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By Alberto Ríos

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

"Ríos grants one other gorgeous booklet 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, taking pictures 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 desolate tract plants abounds with superb, magical imagery—'Bougainvilleas don't bloom—they bleed' and 'Apricots are eggs laid in bushes via invisible golden hens.' Likewise, Ríos's bestiary sonnets overflow with inimitable similes, valuable of a booklet 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 best position to begin for readers new to Ríos and a prize for professional fans."—Booklist

In his 13th booklet, Alberto Rios casts an extreme desolate tract mild at the wealthy tales unfolding alongside the Mexico-US border. Peppered with Spanish and touches of magical realism, usual lifestyles and its basic props—morning showers, spilled birdseed, wintry weather lemons—becomes an exploration of mortality and humanity, and the various probabilities of how lives could but be lived.

Mad Honey

Made from fantastic 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 red flower, first, a pink flower.
They don't spell it. they don't reside in worry of quizzes,

Purple supplying what it has to provide, unapologetic, with out further
Definition, red 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, continually donning anything low-cut . . .

Alberto Rios is the Poet Laureate of Arizona and host of the PBS application Books & Co. He was once a finalist for the nationwide ebook Award for his poetry quantity The Smallest Muscle within the Human Body. He teaches at Arizona nation collage and lives in Chandler, Arizona.


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