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Francisco X. Alarcón
Transcript of Francisco X. Alarcón
BilingualPoetry Series for Children More Children's Poetry! Poems to Dream Together Animal Poems of the Iguazú Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Poems for Summer Background Inspiration Writing Style and Topics of Writing Francisco was born in California, though he grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico.
He returned to California to study at California State University at Long Beach, and went on to earn his MA from Stanford University.
He now lives in Davis, California where he directs the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at University of California. Francisco has written many collections of poetry for children and adults.
Common themes in his poetry include latino identity, gay identity, mythology, and Chicano culture.
His children's poems are published in Spanish/English bilingual picture books, including his poetry selections in his Magical Cycle of the Seasons Series (pictured later). Alarcón was inspired to write poetry by the songs that his grandmother used to sing to him. "From the Bellybutton of the Moon" is the collection of summer-themed poetry in the Magical Cycle of the Seasons series. I didn't have a chance to review this book myself, but it contains poetry about the creation of Mexico, rainbows, trees, family pets, and childhood memories.
www.childrenslibrary.org This book is the fall edition of the series, and contains poems such as "My House/Mi casa", "My Grandma is an Angel/Mi abuela es un ángel", "First Day of School/Primer día de clases", and "Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos". This winter collection of poems includes "Clouds/Las nubes", "City of Bridges/Ciudad de puentes", and "Ode to Buena Vista Bilingual School/Oda a la Escuela Bilingue de Buena Vista". I particularly like the last poem for it's messages of multicultural education- "here children"/ of all races write/ beautiful poems/...here children/ learn to sing/ with their hearts." This book of spring poetry for children includes the titles "Roots/Raíces", "First Rain/Primer lluvia", "Cinco de Mayo", and "A Tree for César Chávez/Un árbol para César Chávez". There are many references to gardening, plants, and environmental consciousness, as in "Dream/Sueño"- "...everybody/ had a green/ thumb/ and cars/ were a thing/ of the past. These poems are based on Alarcón's dreams and childhood. He says-"Life would be really incomplete and maybe impossible without dreams. We spend a good portion of our lives dreaming. Sometimes real life situations are played out in dreams and we can envision unexpected resolutions to difficult problems.
"Book Talk"- www.leeandlow.com This collection of poems takes you through the lush rainforest in the Iguazú National Park. Many poems are from the perspective of the animals, allowing them to roar, soar, and flutter for themselves. www.poetryfoundation.org Biography