Poetry’s flirtations with magic have aroused comparisons and commentaries since thoughts and experiences first emerged into language. Magic, but not black magic, mysterious and occult, but an everydayness magic, like a trout’s sudden leap over white water rapids, a smiling response from a person in a subway, the jagged flash of lightning during a summer storm. Poetry’s magic is instantaneous, a spark transmitted by the putting together of a few words, a descriptive phrase, an arrangement of sounds. The essence transmitted may last forever or disappear almost instantaneously but it is/was there, a vital experience, emotional, intellectual, humorous, sad.
Touches of magic occurred in the writing of these poems, sometimes captured, sometimes elusive, just beyond words’ gasp. It is hoped that in reading them glimmerings of that magic will appear, connections beyond the mere shapes of letters and rumblings of sound.
–Robert Joe Stout
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert Joe Stout
Poet, fiction writer and journalist, his books include the poetry volumes Monkey Screams (Future Cycle Press) and A Perfect Throw (Aldrich Press), both of which have received critical acclaim. Three nonfiction books about the culture and politics of Mexico have appeared since 2003: Hidden Dangers, Mexico on the Brink of Disaster (The Blood of the Serpent: Mexican Lives) (Algora) and Why Immigrants Come to America (Praeger) in addition to articles, reports, essays and creative nonfiction in dozens of print and online publications including The American Scholar, America, The Tishman Review and Modern Maturity among many others. He has served on human rights delegations, the board of directors of an asilo de ancianos and the editorial staffs of newspapers and magazines.
A graduate of Mexico City College (now the Universidad de las Americas) he has won national journalism awards for news writing. Other books that he’s authored include the novels Miss Sally, Running Out the Hurt and Where Gringos Don’t Belong. He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.
32 pages, 22 poems