Ralph Angel

February 24, 2020 Angel Ralph


But here in the city there are signs and crowds in the street
and a girl on a balcony
and cars that have to get through the deep shallows
or else
And there are ashes falling down the sky
from the palace of arms
to the fountain
of tears
and upon the whispering aspens
And there are naked feet and white flowers
from their hideaways
distant mother
an angel comes to me and taps
my lips

Ralph Angel’s latest collection, Your Moon, was awarded the 2013 Green Rose Poetry Prize. Exceptions and Melancholies: Poems 1986-2006 received the 2007 PEN USA Poetry Award, and his Neither World won the James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets. In addition to five books of poetry, he also has published an award-winning translation of the Federico García Lorca collection, Poema del cante jondo / Poem of the Deep Song. Angel is the recipient of numerous honors, including a gift from the Elgin Cox Trust, a Pushcart Prize, a Gertrude Stein Award, the Willis Barnstone Poetry Translation Prize, a Fulbright Foundation fellowship and the Bess Hokin Award of the Modern Poetry Association. He lives in Los Angeles, and is Edith R. White Distinguished Professor at the University of Redlands, and a member of the MFA in Writing faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts.