Jose Araguz

Jose Angel Araguz

Jose Angel Araguz is the author of the chapbooks The Wall (Tiger’s Eye Press) and Corpus Christi Octaves (Flutter Press) as well as the digital chapbook Naos: an introduction (Right Hand Pointing). His work has appeared recently in Hanging Loose, Salamander, Poet Lore, and RHINO. A CantoMundo fellow, Jose presently resides in Cincinnati OH where he is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Cincinnati.

Corpus Christi Octaves | Published by Flutter Press











Audio Selections from Corpus Christi Octaves

“Jose Angel Araguz is a stunning writer. His deep listening – despite walls and silences among them – and his willingness to carry voices of longing and connection even when facts of the world proclaim endless disconnection – help make him a poet of great essential honor and hope. Please welcome him.”
Naomi Shihab Nye, on The Wall

“In his marvelous Corpus Christi Octaves, Jose Angel Araguz uses flexible eight-line syllabics that are tight but cozy, spacious enough to maneuver in. Open and alert, his poems have a knack for making connections, a gregarious inclination to reach out. Two of the three sequences here are elegies, and the octaves work as associative chapters in Araguz’s free-floating meditations on friendship, memory, and loss, movingly building from the particular to the sublime: “the other side of where you are.” He brings back his friends so powerfully and yet so casually that we can meet them and mourn their loss through the easy-going, exhilarating spell of his words.”
John Drury, author of The Poetry Dictionary

“Writing with a graceful concision to the scale of the octave, in syllabic lines that modulate subtly from the conversational to the elegiac, Jose Angel Araguz achieves an impressive range of variations on the themes of poetry, friendship, and loss. Corpus Christi Octaves is a skillfully-developed, affecting work.”
Daniel Groves, author of The Lost Boys

Corpus Christi Octaves is an intimate collection that hems in the little thunders inside one’s longing to witness. Jose Araguz echoes the language of a paraclete, the diction of the ocean, and the lullaby sounds of oars to water. When the lights gave out, I would write by the moon / When the moon gave out, I’d write trusting the words. This beautiful book invites us to live alongside poetry, to listen immeasurably.”
Sam Roxas-Chua, author of Fawn Language

The Friday Influence – Jose’s blog
Flutter Press – Purchase Corpus Christi Octaves here.

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