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New Poetry by Ruben Quesada

December 26, 2011

      Next Extinct Mammal by Ruben Quesada is his debut collection of poetry published this year by Greenhouse Review Press. I find them nostalgic, romantic and mournful.

      He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside in 2007. He is completing a Ph.D. in English at Texas Tech University, where he teaches literature and creative writing. His translations of Luis Cernuda and Pablo Neruda have appeared in Stand Magazine and Third Coast, as well as in a chapbook, Exiled from the Throne of Night (2008), from Aureole Press at the University of Toledo (Ohio). His poetry has appeared in The American Poetry ReviewPalabraRattle, The Packinghouse ReviewOCHOSouthern California Review, and others. Ruben’s awards include residencies at Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Lambda Literary Foundation Retreat, Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference.
      He is currently at work on a second manuscript of poetry, The Personality of the Planet, and on a collection of essays about the Digital Age.

      Here is one poem from the collection:

Cimmerian

From my bedroom window, driving
through town, everywhere I sit,
the blue like Picasso’s player
swells overhead, blue behind strings
of clouds which lengthen
like loose ligaments into the horizon.
Every day,
               you should breathe in deeply
for the fireflies and the crickets; watch
the constellations of moths choke
on the glowing street lamps and the yawning
cockroaches before the sun flushes away.

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