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SOLAR  NOON  BOOKS

Brooklyn, NY  -  St. Thomas, VI


COLOPHON


––FALL 2014––

AZTEC AUTOPSIES

& Mariachi Murals: Poems


by
David Gershator

David Gershator visits and re-visits Mexico in poems Peggy L. Fox described as “a surreal blend of the spiritual and the visceral.” Ranging from lyrical love poems to headline grabbing news clips, from cris de coeur to hallucinatory visions, the poet explores myth and madness, politics and pain. As translator/editor of Federico García Federico’s Selected Letters, and student of the poet’s brother, he takes his cues from Lorca’s experiments in Poeta en Nueva York and from Inga Clendinnen’s description of Mexica “aesthetics,” in her book Aztecs: An Interpretation, as operating “through a kind of surrealism achieved by dislocation.”

Writer/musician/critic Matthew Paris, reviewing the text, called Aztec Autopsies “Whitmanesque in its departure from formal tradition of the Old World, its search for epiphany in the physical and real, its appreciation of the world that comes to one carnally, its delight in the disciplines of perception, it is the verse of a poet ... who sees all things and people as exotic, a gnostic at the heart of his skepticism who praises the miracle of a world at once tragic and ultimately unknowable.” From Home Planet News late co-founder and poet Enid Dame: “The Mexican poems are brilliant!”

The 100 page collection includes a glossary and 17 pen and ink drawings by the poet.


Paperback, 104 pp., $12.00
payable to David Gershator
c/o Solar Noon Books
PO Box 303353
St. Thomas, VI 00803               

ISBN 978-1-6319215-4-4

Also available as an e-book.  
   
Aztec



Message from the editors, David & Phillis ––

In the spirit of Downtown Poets, our previous poetry co-op, we now return to small press poetry publishing, this time in new formats: e-books and digital print books. The labor of bookmaking may be less hands on,
at
                                            Print Center
but our dedication to the high quality of content, the poetry itself, is no less.

We thought it fitting to start off Solar Noon's publishing program with Aztec Autopsies, which includes a poem to the Aztec sun god, Tonatiuh:

INTERROGATING TONATIUH

Where do you shine?

In the eyes of daydream daughters
beating cornmeal to death
beneath pyramids of salt

What do you eat?

The hybrid seeds in the furrow
leading straight to the first serpent
the first heart

Where do you sleep?

In a bed split by stones
cracking the brains of sorcerers
haunted by a panic of epileptic parrots

What do you see?

The seeds of skeletons
The skins of cocoons
The petrified fury of blood

What questions remain unanswered?

How do you answer the night?
How deep is the voice of the grass?
Why do you polish the hummingbird?