The History Of Dying Stars: A Book Of Poetry And Art

 
9780971082410: The History Of Dying Stars: A Book Of Poetry And Art

The History of Dying Stars is a book of poetry and art written by Oscar S. Cisneros, a Mexican-American attorney and poet living and working in the Los Angeles area. The book features more than 80 poems and sixteen works of art by twelve different artists, including the author's mother, Leticia Rendon. Each work of art - paintings, mixed media illustrations, photographs, photo illustrations and digital artworks - was specifically commissioned to visually interpret a single poem in the book.

The History of Dying Stars centers readers in the present by bringing legacy into focus: as starlight is light traveling from an origin long-since darkened, so will today's act of kindness live on tomorrow. Love, loss, fantasy, legacy and affirmations are among the many themes of the poems in The History of Dying Stars and in each of them Mr. Cisneros strives to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and to express what we so often feel but rarely speak of. Many of the poems adopt the style of the poet Khalil Gibran, using imagery from nature and everyday life to express the simple but powerful human experience whose meaning transcends culture and language. Other poems are unapologetic, masculine expressions of love, desire or loss. The author also dabbles in the fantastic, using dreams and broken toys to tell tales that reflect reality in the funhouse mirror of imagination. The History of Dying Stars closes with a chapter on poetic affirmations, hard-earned wisdom and practical guidance about identity, confidence, relationships and the difference between understanding and acceptance.

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Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1974, Oscar S. Cisneros was raised in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. After graduating from University of Texas with honors in English, he went on to study law and graduate from UC Berkeley School of Law where his studies focused on intellectual property and other law and technology matters. Mr. Cisneros is presently a senior technology licensing attorney for a major motion picture studio. He wrote and self-published his first book of poetry, The Flower Queen, while in law school. He lives in the Los Angeles area with Waffles, his Jack Russell Terrier.

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