Albuquerque poet Gregory Louis Candela reads from Shallow-Rooted Heart, a new collection from Dos Gatos Press.
The poems of Shallow-Rooted Heart explore the implications of the collection’s title. Poet Gregory Louis Candela ponders the heart’s attachments to landscapes, to the human beings who inhabit them, to memories of place, especially the expanses of the Southwest, but widening to encompass the author’s travels. The poet moves seamlessly from a Zuni tribal ceremony to three Italian Renaissance versions of the Pietà, from personal reflections on the Yucatán’s Chicxulub crater to a poem spoken by a New Mexico goathead. Three sections follow Candela’s journey: from “The Wayfarer / El Caminante” to “The Lonely Way / El Camino Solo” to “The Beauty Way / El Camino Hermoso,” the poet explores the complications, loneliness, and tribulations of the human heart.
Gregory L. Candela has resided in New Mexico since 1972. He has published scholarly articles in American and African American literature, a volume of poetry (Surfing New Mexico—2001), written seven produced plays,one of which El Mozo Regresa or The Kid Returns was aired on KUNM as a radio play. He has published poems in English and Spanish. More recent publications include poems in Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry, Malpaís Review, Adobe Walls, Sin Fronteras, Van Gogh’s Ear, Cyclamens and Swords, Monterey Poetry Review, Fixed and Free I and II (Anthologies of New Mexico Poets), Elbow Room, Duke-City Fix,Weaving the Terrain (an anthology of Southwestern Poets) and Italian Americana. A member of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, He served on the Selection Committee for Albuquerque’s first Poet Laureate and serves as a Poet in the Classroom. His second collection of poetry, Shallow-Rooted Heart (ISBN13: 978-0-9973966-4-5) is newly published by Dos Gatos Press.
"Candela’s poems are densely populated with people and place names, creatures, flora, historical and mythical figures that continually circle back to the landscapes of the American West—Chaco, Acoma, Zuni, Conchas Lake. This musical, beautifully crafted collection does truly “ooze the rhythms of 500 million years” in poems that chronicle the poet’s life along a geological timeline of rock, leaf, water and bone."--Valerie Martínez, City of Santa Fe Poet Laureate, 2008–10