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Cover of "Other Fugitives and Other Strangers" featuring a mirrored image of men's bodies
September 2006
Tupelo Press

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Other Fugitives and Other Strangers

Rigoberto Gonzalez

Bob Hicok writes, "While the tension that never leaves these poems is, on the surface, erotic, what lies beneath the sensual energy is an awareness that sex, as the articulation of love, is tainted by our notions of how pure love should be. It's Gonzalez's lyricism that joins the physical and the ideal, and demonstrates that the impulse to speak is a form of the impulse to touch. Gonzalez's honesty is itself a kind of poetry: there is an exacting focus here that speaks of hope without using the word. If we can look, we can change. These are poems of transformation."


Rigoberto Gonzalez earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Arizona State University in 1997.

Praise for this book

"Follow Rigoberto Gonzalez into these poems and you'll come to a place where a kiss is a fig or a rock, where a fist is a rose, or a finger is a barb on a hook. Inside this dazzling kaleidoscope of words, Gonzalez whirls us through the delights and terrors of erotic love, and into the forbidden, hidden, dangerous body of desire. He was brave enough to write these unflinching, brilliant poems. Are you brave enough to read them?"

Minnie Bruce Pratt