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Vapor (Poesia selecta/Selected Poems), the first dual-language collection of poetry by Javier Avila, professor of English at Northampton Community College, in Bethlehem, Pa., was recently published by Libros AC, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Vapor (Poesia selecta/Selected Poems), the first dual-language collection of poetry by Javier Avila, professor of English at Northampton Community College, in Bethlehem, Pa., was recently published by Libros AC, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The volume includes verse from four previously published award-winning collections, displayed in Spanish and English on facing pages. The poems' themes of mortality, love and time have roots in Avila's early life. Open heart surgery at the age of eight impressed Avila with a sense of urgency, of life happening now and of the need to do what one values in the present. His father's death in 1996, when Avila was in his early twenties, impelled him to begin writing poetry to deal with emotional pain. Having grown up in a Spanish-speaking home, but attending an English-speaking school in Puerto Rico, the poet is thoroughly bilingual. Avila's poetry is widely anthologized and is on school reading lists. Two of his novels, the thriller "The Professor in Ruins" and the bestseller "Different" have been published in English.
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Publication:Community College Week
Date:Apr 28, 2014
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