A Small Story about the Sky

Alberto Ríos

In A Small Story about the Sky, Alberto Ríos, Arizona’s first Poet Laureate, casts an intense desert light on the rich stories unfolding along the Mexico-United States border. In poems peppered with Latin American culture and touches of magic realism, the objects of ordinary life—a shower stall, spilled birdseed, winter lemons—lead to explorations of mortality and of the many possibilities of how lives may yet be lived.

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ISBN: 9781556594793

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About the Author

Alberto Ríos, Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent book is A Small Story About the Sky, preceded by The Dangerous Shirt and The Theater of Night, which received the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. Published in the The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and other journals, he has …

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