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Corpus Christi Octaves

Corpus Christi Octaves



Corpus Christi Octaves is a chapbook of poems written as octets.

Publication Date



Flutter Press




Creative Writing | Poetry


Description, cover image, and reviews courtesy of Flutter Press.

Subject Areas

Corpus Christi (Tex.) -- Poetry

Author/Editor Bio

José Angel Araguz is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Linfield College. He holds a Ph.D in Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University, and a B.A. in Creative Writing from The College of Santa Fe.


"In his marvelous Corpus Christi Octaves, José Angél 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, José Angél 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. José 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

Corpus Christi Octaves