the bird of nothing
& other poems
Saíz' first full-length poetry collection gathers short and
long poems, fragments, epigrams. the bird of nothing
& other poems presents an absolutely unique poetry of
stunning power and complexity. The collection includes the 100-page poem "the bird of nothing," where saíz takes up the caesura, silence, death & eros, earth & sky, and the night; "the book of pronouns," (five haunting, introspective poems on life-death); and the classic "malinche." Other lyrics, fragments, aphorisms and prose poems testify to the poet's rich and complex Southwestern heritage.
". . . the great eclipse is the 'ECLIPSE OF THE SUN'. . . obliquely denouncing the erasure (by deadly writing) of a whole native American culture, which the poem feels so movingly powerless to reinscribe. . . the epic of American consciousness made problematical. . . . Like Leaves of Grass and its 'America,' 'The Bird of Nothing' encompasses much more than itself. But while the ambition of Whitman's poem was to translate a whole nation into the whole world, saíz' exacting poem is an American poem that chooses to have no nation, or borders of any kind, for that matter. . . . An exquisitely fragmentary meditation that self-reflectively breaks in upon the ordered course of human life as it has been conceived of and written down in the western tradition."
- Maria Irene Ramalho de Sousa Santos, Prof. of American Literature, Coimbra U., Portugal
". . .this beautifully produced book is an accessible hymnal to nature. . . All students of Hispanic American literature and American Southwestern poetry must order it."
- Glenna Luschei, Café Solo
"At the heart of Aztec theology there is a fundamental sense of emptiness/non-being, and that is what the bird of nothing is all about: "all is close but nothing arrives. . . lost in the night. . . the last night open to the light / something is uttered there / under the fatal blow of the day / the impossible night is nearing.' " - Hugh Fox, The Glass Cherry
Illustrated; sewn & wrapped in Teton Clay paper cover; 7" X 10"; 168 pages
ISBN: 0-941160-11-4 (regular edition)
ISBN: 0-941160-16-5 (limited edition of 50 signed & numbered by the poet)
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