By Roberto Castillo Udiarte
Translated from the Spanish by Anthony Seidman
In his biting first full‐length collection of poems in English, Tijuana poet Roberto Castillo Udiarte commiserates with Zona Norte streetwalkers, embodies the desert lizard, and maps a life lived in the dimness of the barroom — as well as its incisive light.
Published: December 13, 2016
Castillo, born in Tecate in 1951, published, in 1985, the paradigmatic book of that decade: Blues cola de lagarto.” – Diccionario Enciclopédico de Baja California
“Books like Caldo de pollo (1919) and Nubes (1983) by Oscar Hernández, Blues cola de lagarto (1985) and Cartografía del alma (1987) by Roberto Castillo, and La ciudad que recorro de Francisco Morales and Tijuana rifa K/Z y qué by Marcos Morales create, with their colloquial language and powerful imagery, a monument to our multiple existences, a mirror for ourselves, reflecting our dreams, hopes, and frustrations…” – Gabriel Trujillo
“The collection Smooth-Talking Dog gives readers a taste of what many have been experiencing for quite some time. Poetry that bites, poetry that stings, poetry that takes you to the darkest places in order to beat you down, and poetry that picks you back up again.” -Zachary Jensen, Angel City Review