Canto hondo / Deep Song
In this new collection, Alarcón creates poetry with roots in Gypsy songs clapped out in the distinctively short rhythms of flamenco music. Each page lifts the heart and stirs the soul by delving deep into the struggle for self and sexual identity.
Canto hondo / Deep Song includes 106 poems divided into four sections that articulate struggle, otherness, and the meaning of the poetic landscape. Like Lorca, Alarcón seeks out the fault lines where the lyric and the political bleed productively and proactively into one another.
An important voice in Chicano and GLBT poetry, Alarcón writes with a complex, emotionally powerful style that is accessible to students and all lovers of poetry and poetic traditions.
“In Canto hondo / Deep Song, a new bilingual collection, poems draw matter from the Earth itself to address love and lust in a gorgeous and frank canto inspired by Federico García Lorca’s own Canto Hondo. ‘Now you turn out to be a continent where I can spend my whole life and never really finish exploring you,’ writes Francisco X. Alarcón, an observation that augurs the experience of reading this important new collection by one of our most significant Chicano poets.”—Carmen Giménez Smith, author of Milk and Filth