In his fourth collection of poems Dr. Lopez returns to the barrio in Albuquerque where he grew up in the 1940's and 1950's. Each poem is a glimpse into the neighborhood characters who came and went from the small supermarket where he worked as a 'sack boy'. With great simplicity the poems move from remembered description into small but vital illuminations of the important things in life.
Of his latest books of poems, Jorge Aigla says: "It may be true that while traveling, one accepts. I have found the obverse also to be the case in Japan, and even more so in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, where the traveler is welcomed by everyone and everything. These poems are articulations of explorations of physical, emotional and spiritual (if these be perchance at all different), far away, allowing animate and inanimate voices to be heard, which eventually coalesced into a Single Presence. This is my response and an offering to it."
About Dr. Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the South Broadway neighborhood he grew up in, which he calls a barrio. He writes about the people of that neighborhood in three of his books and in his play. Dr. Lopez received his BA from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He received an MA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Medieval English Literature, having studied for two summers at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England. He was chosen to participate in two National Endowments, one in poetry with Dr. Helen Vendler at Harvard and one in the Literature of Suffering with Dr. Terence Tilley, professor at Duke University. He has also taught a National Endowment in the study of Poetry of the Southwest. He taught in the Academic Honors Program at the University of New Mexico. He was Director of the Academic Honors Program at Colorado Mesa University.
About Jorge Aigla
Jorge H. Aigla was born in 1954 in Mexico City, Mexico. He received a BS from St. Mary’s College of California in 1975 and an MD from the University of California–San Francisco in 1979. He is the author of First Lie/Primera mentira (Farolito Press, 2012), Intimate Microscopy/Microscopia íntima (Farolito Press, 2011), The Cycle of Learning/El ciclo de aprendizaje (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2005), and The Aztec Shell (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 1995). Aigla has worked as a medical examiner, a medical research fellow, and a professor of anatomy and physiology. He currently teaches in the classics program at St. John’s College, where he has been on faculty since 1985. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.