Alberto Ríos

(1952 / Nogales, Arizona)

Alberto Ríos
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Alberto Álvaro Ríos (born 1952 in Nogales, Arizona) is the author of ten books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. His books of poems include, most recently, The Dangerous Shirt, along with The Theater of Night, winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, finalist for the National Book Award, Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses, The Lime Orchard Woman, The Warrington Poems, Five Indiscretions, and Whispering to Fool the Wind, which won the Walt Whitman Award. His three collections of short stories are, most recently, The Curtain of Trees, along with Pig Cookies and The Iguana Killer, which won the first Western States Book ... more »

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  • Fred Spompinato (3/17/2018 7:03:00 AM)

    To Wendy james

    The Border: A Double Sonnet

  • Wendy james (3/16/2018 6:57:00 PM)

    You spoke a poem on PBS this evening. I would love to read it in it's entirety but missed the name. I would appreciate it greatly. I am from the east coast and hunger to share your vision. I do not know if it is possible for you to reply to this request. In these times of turmoil your vision was so beautifully honest and touched me greatly.

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Best Poem of Alberto Ríos

Refugio's Hair

In the old days of our family,
My grandmother was a young woman
Whose hair was as long as the river.
She lived with her sisters on the ranch
La Calera--The Land of the Lime--
And her days were happy.
But her uncle Carlos lived there too,
Carlos whose soul had the edge of a knife.
One day, to teach her to ride a horse,
He made her climb on the fastest one,
Bareback, and sit there
As he held its long face in his arms.
And then he did the unspeakable deed
For which he would always be remembered:
He called for the handsome baby Pirrín
And he ...

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