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An interview with Rigoberto González

March 13, 2009

The following is an excerpt of an interview with Rigoberto González by Express News writer Steve Bennett where González talks about his upcoming young adult novel “The Mariposa Club.” It’s being published in April by Alyson Books. Bennett’s book blog is The Fine Print.

Follow the link to read the interview in its entirety.

Finally, can you put together a list of, say, five of your favorite poems? Or important poems? Or poems everyone should read before they die?
I’d rather direct people to books, if that’s okay. Five poems are a start but a little too conservative for my taste and I have not a single conservative bone in my body, so why not be a little more indulgent and commit to five books.

“The Butterfly’s Burden,” Mahmoud Darwish, translated by Fady Joudah
“The Ice Worker Sings and Other Poems,” Andres Montoya
“The Salt Ecstasies,” James L. White
“Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic,” by Roger Sedarat
“View With a Grain of Sand,” by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh

Read Rigoberto González’s review of John Olivares Espinoza’s The Date Fruit Elegies.

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