Eros is More
“Contemplative and utterly sensual, Curtis Bauer's translation of Eros Is More stands at the brink of oblivion with such tenderness, gratitude, and reverence for the brief bodies of things (birds, lovers, letters) that we cannot help but be emboldened by these poems. Provocatively and playfully they enliven my thinking and seeing: "October, like a truce. Like an absence of everything/ that exceeds limits. May it be for us/ liberation." This is a beautifully masterful collection, at once lucid and mysterious. In this book we are in the hands of two generous and beautiful poets.” —Aracelis Girmay. “Eros is more or less everything in the magical world of Juan Antonio Gonzláez Iglesias. What good luck to have his poems in the elegant translations of Curtis Bauer, for here is a poet who understands the centrality of love, or, more precisely, beauty, to our works and days—a theme that he explores with rigor, wit, and wisdom.” —Christopher Merrill.
Curtis Bauer is the author of three poetry collections, most recently American Selfie (Barrow Street Press, 2019). He is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish; his publications include the full-length poetry collections Image of Absence, by Jeannette L. Clariond (The Word Works Press, 2018), From Behind What Landscape, by Luis Muñoz (Vaso Roto Editions, 2015) and Eros Is More, by Juan Antonio González Iglesias (Alice James Books, 2014). He is the publisher and editor of Q Avenue Press Chapbooks and the Translations Editor for The Common. He is the Director of the Creative Writing Program and teaches Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.