Canciones para una sola cuerda / Songs for a Single String

Jesus Gardea

Finalist 2003 Violet Crown Book Award for Literary Prose & Poetry

This bilingual (Spanish/English) collection of love poems has echoes of Neruda a la Mexicana as Gardea writes about the primeval quest for the perfect woman. The free verse...evokes the quality and forms of 'cante hondo,' emphasizing the emotional interplay of human voice and guitar.

"Jesús Gardea's poetry awakens a distant, almost forgotten primeval yearning that compels us to find that elusive woman whom we have met only in our dreams, but whose presence we sense will complete us." --Carlos Rubio Albet, author of The Neophyte: A Dubious Beginning


Jesus Gardea

Jesús Gardea's only collection of poetry entitled Canciones para una sola cuerda / Songs for a Single String, translated by Robert L. Giron, was published posthumously in 2002. The late Jesús Gardea was born in Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was a graduate of the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, where he took his degree in denistry. He lived most of his adult life with his family in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, where he taught at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, across the Río Grande from sister city El Paso, Texas. Gardea wrote extensively and his work appeared in numerous Mexican and American journals as well as several international anthologies.