WINNER OF THE AMBROGGIO PRIZE FROM THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS
x/ex/exis: poemas para la nación/poems for the nation. Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, forthcoming.
Alberto Ríos, judge for the Ambroggio Prize
“Winning me over entirely with their fiercely rendered tenderness and emergent sense of a simultaneously tough and tender I, these poems and their speaker are, to use so simple a word for so complex a world, strong. Strong. These poems do not play by formality or easy rules-and are all the more compelling because of that, stretching the idea of rules altogether, rules in all things, from written punctuation to living a life. These poems speak passion and clarity and yearning. More important, they simply speak. In an often wild gallop through language and ideas, unfamiliar leaps across singular experiences, I am thrown off the horse many times, but the speaker keeps talking me repeatedly back into the saddle of these poems.”
Recording of four poems for the Academy of American Poets