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180 poetic fragments inspired by the Greek poet Sappho, these poems are rich and enticing, laden with love for food, drink, and all things sensual. Poet Jordi Alonso studied languages and creative writing and graduated with a BA in English from Kenyon College in 2014. He is an MFA candidate and Turner Fellow in Poetry at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. Alonso has been published in The Southampton Review, Mountain Gazette, The Colorado Review, The Lyric, and other journals. His first book of poetry is Honeyvoiced from XOXOX Press. In a recent essay in The MFA Years, Alonso says of his poems dedicated to and inspired by Sappho, "It is that desire to make something lovely that outlasts us, so inherent in poetry, that expanded what I thought would be a single exercise in imitation resulting in one poem to grow into a 180-poem series..." Reviewer Roger Rosenblatt said of Honeyvoiced, ""The words, so naturally right, each poem seems easy, a tune hummed on a walk. But it takes long brooding to produce work this good. That Alonso has achieved so much so early in his career makes one want to gasp. So I did, after which I sat back, closed my eyes, and gladly vanished in the music." - Roger Rosenblatt, author of The Book of Love and Unless it Moves the Human Heart
Jordi Alonso, M.D., Ph.D., is Director, Program of Epidemiology and Public Health, Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques, and Professor of Public Health, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain.