Smallest Muscle in the Human Body

ISBN-10: 155659173X

ISBN-13: 9781556591730

Edition: 2002

Authors: Alberto R�os

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Alberto Rios explains the world not through reason but magic. These poems-set in a town that straddles Mexico and Arizona-are lyric adventures, crossing two and three boundaries as easily as one, between cultures, between languages, between senses. Drawing upon fable, parable, and family legend, Rios utilizes the intense and supple imagination of childhood to find and preserve history beyond facts: plastic lemons turning into baseballs, a grandmother's long hair reaching up to save her life, the painted faith jumpers leaping to the earth and crowd below. This is magical realism at its shimmering best. The smallest muscle in the human body is in the ear. It is also the only muscle that does not have blood vessels; It has fluid instead. The reason for this is clear: The ear is so sensitive that the body, if it heard its own pulse, Would be devastated by the amplification of its own sound. In this knowledge I sense a great metaphor, But I do not want to be hasty in trying to capture or describe it. Words are our weakest hold on the world. -from "Some Extensions of the Sovereignty of Science" "Rios is onto something new in his poetry-in the way that the real poets of any time always are."-American Book Review Alberto Rios teaches at Arizona State and is the author of eight books of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir about growing up on the Mexican border. He is the recipient of numerous awards and his work is included in over 175 national and international literary anthologies. His work is regularly taught and translated, and has been adapted to dance and both classical and popular music.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 4/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 110
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Alberto Rios teaches at Arizona State University and is the author of eight books of poetry, three collections of short stories, an a memoir. His book The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body was nominated for the National Book Award in Poetry.

A Physics of Sudden Light
Day of the Refugios
The Birdman of Nogales
The Weekly Morning Meeting of the Town's Civic Band
A Simple Thing to Know
Mr. Palomino Walks By Again
At the Street Parties for the 16 de septiembre, Nogales, Mexico, 1962
Los voladores de Papantla
Appointment Houses
Kid Hielero
Refugio's Hair
Small Risings
Signal Right
French Postales
In Second Grade Miss Lee I Promised Never to Forget You and I Never Did
Eating Potato Chips in Middle Age
The Venus Trombones
My Chili
In My Hurry
The Nipplebutton
A Small Motor
The Cities inside Us
What We've Done to Each Other
The Impossible Still-Life
Oranges in a Tree
A Yellow Leaf
The Fall of the Bears
The Gathering Evening
Gray Dogs
Common Crows in a Winter Tree
My Coyote
What Happened to Me
Under Mesquite Trees in the Sun
Rabbits and Fire
The Dog inside Mine
Chinese Food in the Fifties
Summers, About 1959
In the Strong Hold of Her Thin Arms
A September Death
If I Leave You
Cups of Frothed Chocolate
The Lemon Kind of Baseball
Domingo Limon
Holding My Shirts
Writing from Memory
Some Extensions on the Sovereignty of Science
About the Author
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