Cantares: Canticles and Poems of Youth
by Fray Angélico Chávez
Introduction by Nasario García
Publication Date: November 30, 2000
Bind: Trade Paperback
This collection makes available for the first time poems written between 1925 and 1932.Look Inside
This collection contains poems composed during the years 1925 through 1932 and gathered privately by the poet Fray (or Friar) Angélico Chávez of New Mexico who gained wide renown as an artist and man of letters.
Written in English (save for a handful composed in Latin and Spanish), these poems were grouped by Fray Angélico himself under the headings of Cantares de Cibola (verse on Southwestern themes); Cantares de María (poems about and to the Virgin Mary); Cantares Franciscanos (on St. Francis and the Franciscan order); and Cantares Varios (on diverse subjects, primarily religious but including, for example, a “Sonnet on Reading Macbeth” and the lyric “To a Diminutive Chickadee”). Longer works in the collection include “A Litany of Pueblos” and the six-part “Vignettes from the Life of Saint Anthony.”
Fray (Friar) ANGÉLICO CHÁVEZ (1910-1996) was a Franciscan priest, poet, historian, translator, and visual artist. His numerous books include My Penitente Land: Reflections on Spanish New Mexico and The Short Stories of Fray Angélico Chávez (edited by Genaro Padilla).
NASARIO GARCÍA is Professor of Languages at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. A native New Mexican, he has served on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. His books include Más Antes: Hispanic Folklore of the Rio Puerco Valley and Brujas, Bultos, y Brasas: Tales of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in the Pecos Valley.