Despite the absent head (whose eyes
were the green of apples)
the supple flesh hums
with the afterglow
of those eyes
which is why the curve
of chest shimmers which is why
the twist of loin turns
that look into a smile,
Francisco Aragón was born in San Francisco, California. He received BA from the University of California–Berkeley and an MA in Spanish from New York University. After spending ten years in Spain, he went on to receive an MA in English from the University of California–Davis and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2003.
Aragón is the author of Glow of Our Sweat (Scapegoat Press, 2010) and Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2005). He is also the editor of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, winner of the 2009 International Latino Book Award for poetry in English.
Of Puerta del Sol, the poet Sandra M. Gilbert writes, “These eloquent poems of mourning and memory move deftly, as in a beautiful grave sarabande, between Spain and San Francisco, past and present, enriched by what Francisco Aragón justly calls the ‘bilingual mirror’ of his ‘corazón.’”
Aragón is the recipient of a 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA and the 2010 Outstanding Latino/a Cultural Arts, Literary Arts and Publications Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. He is the founding director of Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He also serves as the publisher of Momotombo Press. Aragón divides his time between Notre Dame, Indiana, and Arlington, Virginia.
Glow of Our Sweat (Scapegoat Press, 2010)
Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2005)