Michael Luis Medrano, author of Born in the Cavity of Sunsets, and Simki Ghebremichael, winner of Split This Rock's 2010 poetry contest, were on fire at Busboys and Poets in August, reading in the series Split This Rock cosponsors with Busboys, Sunday Kind of Love.
Born in the Cavity of Sunsets (Bilingual Press) is getting rave reviews, as in this one from the Summer 2010 issue of Multi-Cultural Review: "Medrano’s portraits of hustlers, musicians, poets, as well as his letters and complaints, are marvelously vibrant and witty pieces that leave the reader wishing for more. We long for more Mexican clowns, more barrio contortionists, more cholos and vendors. If nothing else, the collection’s brightest moment is its title poem which celebrates the forgotten men of places like Fresno, the men “of mustaches and oiled hair, brawn, and estrogen / dripping from our tortas de jamón.” Medrano’s eye for original detail is a pure pleasure. And Born in the Cavity of Sunsets is a fine first collection. It will be a joy to watch his career unfold."
Read Simki's winning poem here.