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RHP x Institute for Latino Studies: Francisco Aragón
October 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pmFree
Red Hen Press, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame present a Notre Dame book launch. Special guests include: Misael Osorio-Conde, Brenda Cárdenas, Urayoán Noel, Maria Melendez Kelson,and Michael Nava.After Rubén unfolds as a decades-long journey in poems and prose, braiding the personal, the political & the historical, interspersing along the way English-language versions & riffs of a Spanish-language master: Rubén Darío. Whether it’s biting portraits of public figures, or nuanced sketches of his father, Francisco Aragón has assembled his most expansive collection to date, evoking his native San Francisco, but also imagining ancestral spaces in Nicaragua. Readers will encounter pieces that splice lines from literary forebearers, a moving elegy to a sibling, a surprising epistle from the grave. In short: a book that is both trajectory & mosaic, complicating the conversation surrounding poetry in the Americas—above all as it relates to Latinx and queer poetics.