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A Poet’s Decades-Long Quest to Reconcile His Ideal Love Affair with Reality
By Arturo Lewis Jaramillo

A literary work in prose and rhyme with a focus on the search of ideal love, with the mythical knight Quijóte as mentor and guide.


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Love is the most consequential of all human emotions. To experience it is elation; to express it is to speak from the heart; to receive it, the finest moment; to lose it, the worst day; and to write about it is poetry. This book is a literary quest for love in its most idyllic form and the author’s journey, as a young man, to reconcile the love he discovers with reality. Using verse and prose in contrasting styles in collaboration with his imaginary sixteenth century mentor, the famous Don Quijóte de La Mancha, the author explores the depth and breadth of love in a literary style quite unlike most anthologies of poetry. Set in the late 1960s, the poet’s work explores a succession of romantic relationships influenced, pointedly, by the “love generation,” its freedoms, imagination and contradictions. As the author describes it, “it’s a series of love stories told, day by day, in a most unique and lyrical way.” While the pace, distractions and complexities of present-day America lessen our ability to be in love, Conversations with Quijóte reawakens the reader to the sensations and sensibilities of true romance, its rewards and consequences.

The author is an eleventh generation New Mexican, tracing his roots to 1693, with the group of settlers recruited by Don Diego de Vargas to travel from Mexico City to New Mexico after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. A poet in his youth, his early poetic skills brought energy and creativity to his legal and business writings as a trial lawyer and executive manager. Now, early in retirement, his life experiences, realized dreams and expressive writing style bring meaning and character to his poetry.

7 x 10
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356 pp.,$30.00

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