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‘La vida contigo es un tango. Life with you is a tango, / sometimes tricky, sometimes sweaty, always bold, / daring, grace, guts, and comedy!’ In ‘El Tango,’ one of many tributes to the woman he adores, poet and storyteller Armando Garcia-Dávila sums up his artful dance. With love up his sleeve—charming, savvy—he moves across life’s floor, hugging his Mexican roots, embracing spirituality. Betrayed by the Catholic Church of his youth, the poet steps back from institutions, trusting instead the tell-tale intimacy of family and community. In ‘American God,’ a prose-poem, he revisits his questioning childhood. ‘Other kids went to church in newer cars, with newer clothes, with newer parents. . . . But if we praised the same God in the same way, then why did He bless them so much more than us?’ To the beat of one heart, Armando Garcia-Dávila’s Profile shines a lyric light into America’s ballrooms, backyards, and closets.”
Al Young. California’s poet laureate emeritus


"‘La vida contigo es un tango. / Algunas veces difícil, otras húmedas, siempre atrevida, desafiante, / elegante, sin miedo y cómica!’ En ‘El Tango,’ uno de los muchos tributos a la mujer que adora, poeta y cuentista, Armando Garcia-Dávila nos entrega su baile artístico. Con el amor como vanguardia—es encantador, inteligente—se mueve a través del piso de la vida, abrazando sus raices Mexicanas, abrazando su espiritualidad. Traicionado por la Iglésia Católica durante su niñez, el poeta se retira de las instituciones, confiando en su lugar las tradiciones íntimas de su familia y su comunidad. En ‘El Dios Norte Americano,’ un poema en prosa, Armando visita una vez más su niñez cuestionándola. ‘Otros niños iban a la Iglésia en carros nuevos, con ropa más nueva, con padres más nuevos. . . . ¿Pero si todos alabábamos al mismo Dios de la misma manera, ¿entonces por qué El bendecia mucho mas a ellos que a nosotros?’ Al latido del corazón, el Perfil de Armando Garcia- Dávila alumbra su lírica con una brillantez hacia los salones de baile, los patios traseros, y los roperos de los Estados Unidos.”
Al Young. Poeta emeritus laureado de California


"How wonderful to have in hand this hot book. Call it ‘An Armando Garcia-Dávila Reader.’ A collection of new and old work, poems, prose poems, and stories, it explores love, death, sex, and labor. The author’s voice cries out from the wilderness, laments the loss of faith and celebrates the renewal of faith in poems that shock, arouse, and evoke the beauty of earthly and heavenly bodies and extoll the earth itself. In Profile: Poems and Stories, Garcia-Dávila reveals himself as a dreamer waking to the agony and the ecstasy of life, rousing and arousing readers from sleep, from forgetfulness and from their own addictions.”
Jonah Raskin. Author of Rock ‘n’ Roll Women, (2012) and
A Few French Scenes (2013)


"Que maravilloso es tener este candente libro a la mano. Llámalo ‘Lecturas de Armando Garcia-Dávila.’ Una colección de escritos nuevos y viejos, poemas, poemas en prosa, y cuentos, ellos exploran amor, muerte, sexo y trabajo. El autor con voces a gritos viene desde la profundidad salvaticá, con lamentos de una fé perdida y la celebración de una fé renovada en poemas que sorprenden, emocionan, y evocan la belleza de los cuerpos terrenales y celestiales alabando la tierra misma. En Perfil: Poemas y Cuentos, Garcia-Dávila se revela como un soñador caminando en la agonia y el éxtasis de la vida, Despertando y exitando a los lectores de un sueño de olvido y de sus propias adicciones.”
Jonah Raskin. Autor de Mujeres Rock ‘n’ Roll (2012) y Unas Pocas Escenas Francesas (2013)


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Perfil is the English/Spanish companion book to Armando Garcia-Dávila's English-only book Profile.

Armando Garcia-Dávila burst upon the Sonoma County literary world in the latter part of the 1990s. What started as a s deries of op. ed. pieces he wrote concerning the First Persian Gulf War and the memories of friends killed in the Vietnam War, turned to poetry to express wide ranging thoughts rooted in his Mexican-American/Catholic upbringing. To make clear his humble background, he called himself the “blue-collar” poet.
Newspaper columnist Ray Holley wrote at the time, “Be sure to check out Armando. . . . (while) you still have a chance to see him in an intimate setting before he becomes justly famous for his work.”
His poems have been widely published and also found their way into union newsletters and Sunday pulpits. He has read his poetry to immigrant laborers in the vineyards and prisoners in San Quentin. In 2002, he was chosen as the Healdsburg Literary Laureate.
Armando’s biggest supporters are his wife, Kathy, his two grown children, Cecilia and Emilio, and his twin brother, Fernando.


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