In his marvelous Corpus Christi Octaves, Jose Angel Araguz uses flexible eight-line syllabics that are tight but cozy, spacious enough to maneuver in. Open and alert, his poems have a knack for making connections, a gregarious inclination to reach out. Two of the three sequences here are elegies, and the octaves work as associative chapters in Araguz’s free-floating meditations on friendship, memory, and loss, movingly building from the particular to the sublime: “the other side of where you are.” He brings back his friends so powerfully and yet so casually that we can meet them and mourn their loss through the easy-going, exhilarating spell of his words.
- John Drury, author of The Poetry Dictionary
- Daniel Groves, author of The Lost Boys
Corpus Christi Octaves is an intimate collection that hems in the little thunders inside one's longing to witness. Jose Araguz echoes the language of a paraclete, the diction of the ocean, and the lullaby sounds of oars to water. "When the lights gave out, I would write by the moon / When the moon gave out, I'd write trusting the words." This beautiful book invites us to live alongside poetry, to listen immeasurably.
- Sam Roxas-Chua, author of Fawn Language
Jose Angel Araguz, author of the chapbook The Wall (Tiger’s Eye Press), is a CantoMundo fellow. Hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas, he has had poems recently in Barrow Street, RHINO, Hanging Loose and Poet Lore. He is presently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati. He runs the poetry blog, The Friday Influence.
37 pages, 16 poems