Not Go Away Is My Name

Alberto Ríos

Resistance and persistence collide in Alberto Rios’s sixteenth book, Not Go Away Is My Name, a book about past and present, changing and unchanging, letting go and holding on. The borderline between Mexico and the U.S. looms large, and Ríos sheds light on and challenges our sensory experiences of everyday objects. At the same time, family memories and stories of the Sonoron desert weave throughout as Ríos travels in duality: between places, between times, and between lives. In searching for and treasuring what ought to be remembered, Ríos creates an ode to family life, love and community, and realizes “All I can do is not go away. / Not go away is my name.”

ISBN: 9781556595875

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Alberto Ríos, Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate and a recent chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the author of twelve collections of poetry, most recently, Not Go Away Is My Name, preceded by A Small Story about the Sky, The Dangerous Shirt, and The Theater of Night, which received the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. Published in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Ploughshares, and other journals, he has also written three short story collections and a memoir, Capirotada, about growing up …

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“Alberto Ríos has always had a gift for restabilizing the personal universe in his poems, and his new book, Not Go Away Is My Name, is strong and deep as gravity… This is a border book, rural and urban at once, a pay-better-attention book, for all human beings who embrace one another, or think they relate to only a few. This is a major book for our time.” —Naomi Shihab Nye for The New York Times

“This striking 12th collection from Ríos draws its energy from the space between active resistance and sturdy persistence… A vibrant attention to color animates even simple descriptions… This work captures Ríos’s singular voice at its best.” —Publishers Weekly starred review 

“An engaging mix of moods and tempos, the formal limitations of these verses prompt
the longtime poet laureate of Arizona to flex newfound creative skills.”—Booklist

“…Touches on the timeless capacity of love, family and community to help us realize our better selves.” —ASU Now