Flower Sun: The New Mesoamerican Era - A Poet's Approach by Francisco X. Alarcón

Mythology Cafe - Guest Speaker Event

Flower Sun / Flor Sol:
The New Mesoamerican Era- A Poet's Approach
by Francisco X. Alarcón

Francisco X. Alarcón's new book of poems is Ce Uno One: Poemas para el Nuevo Sol/Poems for the New Sun. His book poetically announces the New Sun---which the Mayans believe arrives in 2012---and he identifies as the era of the "Flower Sun" when the world's great concerns will be "the colors/ and the scents/ of flowers/ sprouting/ from nowhere/ everywhere. . ."

Join us as Mr. Alarcón unravels the secrets of Mayan and Aztec cosmology and mythology and their message for today.  Using both poetry and artwork, he will introduce us to the mysteries of Mesoamerica’s first people.

Suggested Reading -> Introduction to Mesoamerican Calendar and Mr. Alarcón's poem "Flor Sol/Flower Sun"

Suggested Viewing -> Francisco X. Alarcón discusses his life and work.

Bio: Francisco X. Alarcón
, Chicano poet and educator, is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry, including, Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation (Chronicle Books 1992), recipient of the 1993 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award, From the Other Side of Night: Selected and New Poems (University of Arizona Press 2002). His latest book is Ce•Uno•One: Poems for the New Sun (Swan Scythe Press 2010). His most recent book of bilingual poetry for children is Animal Poems of the Iguazú (Children’s Book Press 2008). He teaches at the University of California, Davis. He created the Facebook page, POETS RESPONDING TO SB 1070

Books available for purchase and book signing
after this 90-minute event.

Seating is limited (40 seats and 20 standing),first come first served.

No video-taping allowed at this event, thank you.


As usual, meetings are free, but we would welcome small voluntary donations to be forwarded for the maintenance of the Joseph Campbell® Foundation's Mythological RoundTable® Program.

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  • Jeanne A.

    Thank you, gracias, tlasojkamati, and go raibh maith agat to Prof. Alarcón! We are so grateful to you for your beautiful and enlightening presentation and for opening our eyes to a whole new, and yet the same, mythology - we are indeed all one, somos uno. From the opening invocation, into the world of Mesoamerica, and back again into the present through your beautiful and powerful poetry, you held our hearts in your hand, lifted our spirits, and renewed our connection to the cosmos. I was blown away!

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Francisco X. A.

    There is a benefit at Luna's Cafe featuring poetry & jazz by Eve West Bessier & West of the Moon at 8:30 om after the talk-- $10 admission
    A fundraising event to expedite publishing a second volume of the dark poetry of Leopoldo María Panero, Spanish surrealist madman, as translated into English by poet Arturo Mantecón. Eve Bessier, acclaimed singer, vocal coach, and poet, is currently the Poet Laureate of Davis.

    February 7, 2013

  • Francisco X. A.

    I am enclosing a link to an essay of mine, "El Poder de la Palabra / The Power of the Word: Towards a Nahuatl / Mestizo Consciousness and Empowerment trough Poetry," that I will be referring to during my talk tomorrow http://slai.ucdavis.edu/sites/slai.ucdavis.edu/files/attachments/Alarcon_The_Power_of_the_Word.pdf

    2 · February 7, 2013

  • Mark H. C.

    Alarcon gave the best poetry reading I have ever attended. Also, his work translating Francisco Aragon's writings is a fascinating story. Buy and read "The other Side of the Night." Support your local poets.

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Francisco X. A.

    My partner Javier Pinzon will be with me and he will take care of book sales. Thank, Francisco X. Alarcon

    January 26, 2013

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