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Songs Older Than Any Known Singer book coverSongs Older Than Any Known Singer

by John Phillip Santos

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Paperback original, 130 pages

John Phillip Santos on DNA, poetry, and mestizaje:

(From TedXAustin, February 2010)

Long before John Phillip Santos was an award-winning documentary filmmaker, before he was a celebrated memoirist, he was a poet — the recipient of the Academy of American Poets' Prize at Notre Dame, among other awards, including his status as the first-ever Mexican American Rhodes Scholar. Years came and went, and Santos' poetry slowly evolved sans benefit of publication in book form. In this, his first book of poems, Santos delves into the same mythic space that produced the author's 1999 memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.His second memoir is The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire (2010)

Songs Older Than Any Known Singer is rich in regional references, universal in its insights into the human soul, imagistic and narative by turns. These poems inhabit "a world / assembled from these tuileries / of words, a pageant of declensions / drawing us out to the open fields."

Above: John Phillip Santos reads his poem, "Prodigals," to his wife, Frances Treviño Santos, at their wedding.


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