Prospero Saiz was born and raised in Navajo County in Northern Arizona. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa. He teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ghost Poney Press has published three books of his poetry: The bird of nothing & other poems (1993); Horse (1996); Chants of nezahualcoyotl & obsidian glyph (1996). A few of his poems have been translated into French, Portuguese, and Finnish. He is currently writing a lyrical prose narrative, The Chaco Canyon Trilogy; i., Joe Poor Dog & the Santa Fee Opera; ii., Manques; iii., The Albino & Chaco.
The bird of nothing & other poems
Chants of nezahualcoyotl & obsidian glyph
He is a staunch advocate of what he calls "poetic communication," which he believes is independent from the poet. Thus, it is not surprising that his Portuguese translator, Professor of Anglo-American Studies Maria Irene Ramalho of Coimbra University, Portugal, notes that he "adamantly rejects what he calls bio-graphism, along with its social advantages or disadvantages... his many gestures of deliberate reinvention, in his poems, of the lyric cry, place him in the broadest cosmopolitan tradition of contemporary poetry in any language...." For Saiz [his poetic signature is prospero saiz], the poem is not simply an artifact written by him but is strictly the communicational poetic dimension of his "creative" activity. Poems have a self-sufficiency, independent of the poet. He recognizes, of course, that poetic writing is a public comportment. Poetry is very public in its rapport with the reader (or the reader's approach). This describes its communicational movement, ultimately its only reason for being.