Francisco X. Alarcón, poet

August 17, 2006

Francisco20Z.jpgI was introduced to the poetry of Francisco X. Alarcón by Adrienne Rich. He was born in LA and of Mexican heritage. He looks like a Mexican Buddha with round wire rimmed glasses and a long black ponytail. I have set his poetry in two pieces for unaccompanined women’s chorus: Alarcón Madrigals, Books One and Two. The great women’s chorus, Vox Femimina/LA, commissioned book 2 and is now commissioning book 3. My hope is to finish this set while I’m here in Hawaii, as the women will be anxiously awaiting them in September. I will be posting the poems here for me to chew on and for you to read if you are so inclined.


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