After Rubén (Paperback)
Red Hen Press, 9781597098571, 160pp.
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
After Rub n 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: Rub n Dar o. Whether it's biting portraits of public figures, or nuanced sketches of his father, Francisco Arag n 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.