The Painted Bunting’s Last Molt


Virgil Suarez continues to sing the eternal songs of family and folklore, tragedy and triumph, elegy and hope in this brilliant collection that captures the psyche of immigrant, exile, and refugee. I continue to be inspired by his work that has mentored me for years, and still speaks to me and our collective identity as a nation still struggling to live up to our motto, out of the many, one.
Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet and author of How to Love a Country

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The Painted Bunting’s Last Molt explores fatherhood, parenting, and separation anxiety; and the ways in which time and memory are both a prison and a giver of joy. Fifteen years in the making, Virgil Suárez’s new collection uses his mother’s return to Cuba after 50 years of exile as a catalyst to muse on familial relationships, death, and the passing of time.
Moon Decima
If it were the Eucharist, it’d be hard to swallow,
this moon of lost impressions, a boy in deep water,
something tickling his skin. This memory of weight-
lessness—a kite that somehow still manages to hover
in the dog mouth blackness of sky. This is a cut out
moon of lost children, or is it a savior’s moon?
This boy will float on home, or be swallowed
by the water. Above the pines and mangroves,
this moon hangs unrelenting. Is it the one eye
of an indifferent God that remains open just so?

104 Pages, 6 x 8 in.

March, 2020

isbn : 9780822966098


about the author

Virgil Suarez

Virgil Suárez is the author of four novels, a collection of stories, two memoirs, and eight poetry collections, and he has coedited two anthologies with his wife, Delia Poey. Most recently he has published an anthology of Latino poetry titled Paper Dance. Suárez is the recipient of a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a recipient of a Florida State Arts Grant.

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