Story by Yashowanto Ghosh, Staff Writer
Photo courtesy of Xanath Caraza/La Bloga
Poet and documentary filmmaker Levi Romero will be on Aquinas College’s campus on Wednesday, April 11 for the fourth and final event of the 2018–2019 (twenty-second!) season of the college’s Contemporary Writers Series.
Romero is a bilingual poet from New Mexico — he was named the state’s centennial poet in 2012 — and he has been widely published in the United States, Cuba, Mexico and Spain. He has published three volumes of poetry: “In the Gathering of Silence” (1996), “A Poetry of Remembrance” (2008) and “Sagrado” (2013). He went to the University of New Mexico, earning his undergraduate and master’s degrees in yet another art form, architecture.
Romero’s poems are stunningly beautiful free verse with a deep sense of place — both in their specific utterances and in their language in general — and of a certain counterculture that must surely also be a defining component of that place. Several of his poems can be found in Spanish, and his English poetry left me wishing I could read his Spanish too. This is one reading to eagerly look forward to, not merely with a sense of curiosity regarding what it is going to be like, but with a sense of joyous anticipation that this is going to be a very special evening. This is definitely not a reading to miss.
Romero will speak in the Loutit Room at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11. He will read from his work in the Wege Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on the same day.
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