By Juan Cervantes, editor, Espiral Publishing LLC, Hubbard, Oregon
When it comes to literature it is not easy to find a publisher, especially for talented young writers, more especially for Latino writers. This was my first concern when I decided to open a publishing house that would offer opportunities to new writers with artistic talent. Such is the case with young hispanic poet Germán Rizo
In these lines of free verse we hear el alma del poeta, the soul of the poet, where language is a medium of bringing to life, of expression and celebration of the other, where the poet discovers himself through the being of the other: the loved one.
Soy el velero I am the sailboat
de tus venas of your veins
estruendo en la tregua roaring in the lull
de tu boca of your mouth
impregnado de banderas covered with banners
me crecen las palabras my words swell
en ese holocausto in that holocaust
llevo en mis ojos I carry in my eyes
el último diluvio the ultimate flood
y el cansancio and the exhaustion
del cazador of the hunter
Vivo en la marea I live in the tide
de tu sangre of your blood
en ese puerto in that harbor
de tus manos of your hands
donde retoza la ola where the wave chases
The writing may appear simple, but simplicity is not easy to achieve. Germán has dedicated a good part of his everyday life to reach this poetic maturity, and his poems and other works deserve to be shared.
Looking at local publishers, I found them too costly, with access almost impossible for new writers, and even more so for Latino writers. How much poetry, how many stories, how many novels of literary quality stay in the notebook for lack of an advocate that offers the writer an opportunity to publish his or her work?
One of the many tasks involved in bringing publication to fruition is to create a cover for the book. We went looking for a design that accords with Germán’s poetry, and we found a painting by Dominican-Portlander Hampton Rodríguez, bright reds, yellows and greens on a dark background. It is called Bajo la sombra del corazón – Under the Shade of the Heart, and the book of poems shares this title.
My principal job as editor is to make the author’s work known, so that it can be shared and appreciated by the community of readers who love literature. This is Espiral, a spiral of recognition for writers.
Juan Cervantes is a Oaxacan-Oregonian poet and editor living in Hubbard. Germán has been writing since the age of ten. He and Juan will appear at a bilingual poetry reading with the Silverton Poetry Association, at the Mount Angel Abbey Retreat House, Saturday July 23, 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Gratis, your participation welcome.