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By Alberto Ríos

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

"Ríos offers one other wonderful ebook of poems, wealthy in impeccable metaphors, that enjoy the ordinariness of morning espresso and the crackle of thunderous wasteland 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 flowers abounds with terrific, magical imagery—'Bougainvilleas don't bloom—they bleed' and 'Apricots are eggs laid in timber via invisible golden hens.' Likewise, Ríos's bestiary sonnets overflow with inimitable similes, important of a ebook unto themselves—'Minnows are the place a river’s leg has fallen asleep' and 'Gnats are sneezes nonetheless flying around.' This powerful quantity is the best position to begin for readers new to Ríos and a prize for pro fans."—Booklist

In his 13th ebook, Alberto Rios casts an extreme wasteland mild at the wealthy tales unfolding alongside the Mexico-US border. Peppered with Spanish and touches of magical realism, usual lifestyles and its easy props—morning showers, spilled birdseed, wintry weather lemons—becomes an exploration of mortality and humanity, and the numerous chances of how lives may possibly but be lived.

Mad Honey

Made from very good rhododendron, toxic rhododendron,
Very difficult-to-pronounce rhododendron—whatever

Rhododendron even is—I must glance it up myself,
This note sounding hyped up, 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 reside in worry of quizzes,

Purple supplying what it has to provide, unapologetic, with out 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 ebook Award for his poetry quantity The Smallest Muscle within the Human Body. He teaches at Arizona nation college and lives in Chandler, Arizona.

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