próspero saíz

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próspero saíz was born and raised in Navajo County in Northern Arizona.  He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa. His books of poetry include The Bird of Nothing & Other Poems, Chants of Nezahualcoyotl & Obsidian Glyph and Horse (all from Ghost Pony Press). Recent poems and fiction have appeared in the journals Osiris and Abraxas. His poems have been translated into French, Portuguese and Finnish. Currently, he is completing a lyrical novel, The Chaco Canyon Trilogy, which consists of Joe Poor Dog and The Santa Fe Opera, Maques and The Albino and Chaco. A long poem in progress is “New York City Mandala. In addition to his writing, he is a cross-country motorcyclist, and is a lover of the desert, the mountains of the Southwest, and the Alaskan tundra.

saíz is an advocate of “poetic communication,” which he believes to be a communication independent from the poet. His Portuguese translator, Professor of Anglo-American Studies Maria Irene Ramalho of Coimbra University, Portugal, notes that saíz “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.”

More on the books noted above:

  1. The Bird of Nothing & Other Poems

  2. Horse

  3. Chants of Nezahualcoyotl & Obsidian Glyph

A selection of saíz’s poetry currently appears in the Light & Dust Anthology of Poetry: