The Gravedigger’s Archaeology writes the urban landscape of the US immigrant, a figure constantly reminded of the nameless and the dispossessed who struggle back home in Central America. Moving between past and present, these poems record a vigil of loss left by the emptiness of tedious excavation―both psychological and spiritual. They travel the fragments and vestiges of a war, the return to one’s homeland or place of childhood, unearthing the landscapes of a jazz riff, myth, or work of art. In a lyrical, sometimes elegiac language, the poems map the complex territory of an exile who understands the answers lie in the ground.
About the Author:
William Archila is the author of The Art of Exile (Bilingual Review Press, 2009) which won an International Latino Book Award in 2010 and was honored with an Emerging Writer Fellowship Award from the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. He has also been awarded the Alan Collins Scholarship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He has been published in American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, AGNl, Notre Dame Review, and Copper Nickle among others, and the anthologies Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry, Wide Awake poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, and The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles. His book was featured in “First Thing First: The Fifth Annual Debut Poets Round Up” in Poets & Writers. His Second book, The Gravedigger’s Archaeology (Red Hen Press), won the 2013 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize and was also featured in Poets & Writers’ Page One.