Canto hondo / Deep Song
136 pages, 6 x 9
Paperback
Release Date:26 Feb 2015
ISBN:9780816531288
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Canto hondo / Deep Song

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Canto hondo / Deep Song honors the Andalusian deep lyric, or canto hondo, poetry of famed Spanish writer Federico García Lorca through rich and expressive poems. Francisco X. Alarcón deftly places Spanish and English side-by-side in this bilingual collection that is a modern meditation on love, self, loss, and universal truths.

In this new collection, Alarcón creates poetry with roots in Gypsy songs clapped out in the distinctively short rhythms of flamenco music. Each page lifts the heart and stirs the soul by delving deep into the struggle for self and sexual identity.

Canto hondo / Deep Song includes 106 poems divided into four sections that articulate struggle, otherness, and the meaning of the poetic landscape. Like Lorca, Alarcón seeks out the fault lines where the lyric and the political bleed productively and proactively into one another.

An important voice in Chicano and GLBT poetry, Alarcón writes with a complex, emotionally powerful style that is accessible to students and all lovers of poetry and poetic traditions.
Francisco X. Alarcón teaches at University of California, Davis, where he directs the Spanish for Native Speakers Program. He is the author of twelve volumes of poetry, including From the Other Side of Night / Del otro lado de la noche: New and Selected Poems,  Borderless Butterflies / Mariposas sin fronteras, Of Dark Love, and Sonnets to Madness and Other Misfortunes. He is also an award-winning author of six books of bilingual poems for children.
I. CANTO VIVO / LIFE SONG
II. DIALÉCTICA DEL AMOR / DIALECTICS OF LOVE
III. CANTO HONDO / DEEP SONG
IV. ÁRBOL DE LA VIDA / TREE OF LIFE

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