The Obsidian Ranfla
Anthony R. Vigil was brought up in Denver, Colorado. He earned a B.A. in Spanish and English from St. John’s University. In 1994, he won the Associated Writing Program Intro Award, and in 1997, while completing his M.F.A. at Colorado State University, he won the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for academic excellence and humanitarian activism.
“Rising out of the life of a man born into a Denver Mexican-American family, this poetry reels with pain and glows with tenderness for the struggles, defeats, and, finally, the pride of la raza.” –Mary Crow.
“This is the poetry we’ve been waiting so long to hear, as well-crafted as the face of Pedro Infante, with a voice you’ll never forget.” –Lorna Dee Cervantes.
“Chicano Dante has taken us down to Varriomundo rings, in a tear-gas drenched window-tinted psyche, a neo-urban offering in nightsticked cycles of collapsed time and convex space. . . The obsidian ride is magical as the sorcerer’s looking glass. . . A sacred book without a bible, brown boyz prophecy and holy graffiti without antecedents.” –Juan Felipe Herrera
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Vigil, Anthony R., "The Obsidian Ranfla" (1999). CSU Poetry Center Books. 89.