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Unpeopled Eden
Rigoberto González

Four Way
2013 • 84 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - Hispanic American / Poetry - African American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-36-9

Built from the lives and stories of undocumented immigrants, these mournful, mystical poems are artifact, a cry for remembrance

Unpeopled Eden opens in Mictlán, the region of the dead in Aztec mythology, inviting us down into a world where “the men are never coming home” and “rows of ghosts come forth to sing.” Haunted by border crossers and forgotten deportees, lost brothers and sons, González unearths the beautiful and musical amidst the grotesque. These poems are prayer and memorial “for those whose / patron saints are longing and despair.”

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“I marvel at Rigoberto’s groundbreaking new poetics—a rare, raw, lyrical, surreal, fearless, piercing tour de force.”—Juan Felipe Herrera

RIGOBERTO GONZÁLEZ is the author of three previous books of poems, among other publications, teaches at Rutgers-Newark, and lives in Queens.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:14:10 -0500