A great flame passes through the words, the poetry, of Homero Aridjis, who sets reality alight in images that at once illuminate and consume it, making life a sister of dream. Homero is a great poet; our century has great need of him.
—Yves Bonnefoy

An exciting new collection of poems by “one of the Spanish-speaking world’s greatest living writers” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Available February 7, 2023

Self-Portrait in the Zone of Silence

Poetry by Homero Aridjis

Translated from the Spanish by George McWhirter

Self-Portrait in the Zone of Silence, by the renowned Mexican writer Homero Aridjis, is brilliant collection of poems written in and for the new century. Aridjis seeks spiritual transformation through encounters with mythical animals, family ghosts, migrant workers, Mexico’s oppressed, female saints, other writers (such as Jorge Luis Borges and Philip Lamantia), and naked angels in the metro. We find tributes to Goya and Heraclitus, denunciations of drug traffickers and political figureheads, and unforgettable imaginary landscapes. As Aridjis himself writes: “a poem is like a door / we’ve never passed through…”And now past eighty, Aridjis reflects on the past and ponders the future. “Surrounded by light and the warbling of birds,” he writes, “I live in a state of poetry, because for me, being and making poetry are the same.”

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Paperback (published February 7, 2023)

ISBN
9780811231732
Price US
18.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
176

Ebook

ISBN
9780811231749

Homero Aridjis

Contemporary Mexican-Greek poet, novelist, columnist, diplomat and environmental activist.

A great flame passes through the words, the poetry, of Homero Aridjis, who sets reality alight in images that at once illuminate and consume it, making life a sister of dream. Homero is a great poet; our century has great need of him.
—Yves Bonnefoy
Aridjis is a poet of great vitality and originality.
—W. S. Merwin
Homero Aridjis’s poems open a door into the light.
—Seamus Heaney
In his vast oeuvre, Aridjis has produced many works that confront apocalyptic times.
—Carlos Fonseca, Los Angeles Review of Books