One of Mexico's most admired poets addresses the intangible reign of the angels amidst the ruins of our daily life. These poems offer faith in the eloquent silence of the angels as a sign of hope, and point to glimpses of their presence among us. A fable of sorts, accompanied by drawings by Francisco Toledo in a deluxe, bilingual limited edition.
Praise for A Time of Angels:
"Aridjis, through his political and environmental work, has fought to save the planet and its species, but the poems in A Time for Angels allow him to explore darker territory... More than a time for angels, Aridjis's poems suggest, it is a time for self-reckoning."—Words Without Borders
Praise for Aridjis's Solar Poems (City Lights, 2010):
"McWhirter captures the spirit of the original Spanish. The poetic language, images, rhythm, humor, emotions, and the rich Mexican cultural segments combine to create a unique lyrical collection in English and Spanish. It is an enjoyable and inspiring book of poetry that addresses Aridjis's deep respect for nature and his hope for its preservation for future generations." —Multicultural Review
"The poet goes wandering between worlds — big rubble, palm trees, temples, monoliths, lost Zulu kings. . . . This is the voice of an older poet; someone who has fought for things: 'The labor of dreaming solo was / to harrow the walls and furrow the sea. I cut the traces and I broke free. . . .'"
—Los Angeles Times
"Solar Poems, the first bilingual edition of a complete single volume of poems by Aridjis, continues and extends Aridjis's view of the poet as visionary and of poetry as a kind of seeing, shedding new light on ancient poetic traditions as well as aspects of contemporary life. . . . Luminous in the clarity of its language and its poetic vision, Solar Poems will dazzle the reader."
—Review: Latin American Literature and Arts