Getting Gutiérrez to read again at Willow Glen was a splendid idea. His recent collection of poems are beautifully put together in A World Less Away, and his reading, exhilarating. A World Less Away, was published in 2016.
“A World Less Away is a honeycomb, blackbox, dream codex and memory palace. These poems traffic in the interstices of our lives where the quotidian is imbued with meaning and hums with metaphysical unrest. By turns existential, surreal and elegiac, the poems in this collection take swerves that are sure to transport the reader to the oneiric side of reality, while never losing sight that flesh was the first simile/ we were given/ to feel, conjure, / never truly inhabit.
José Luis Gutiérrez is a San Francisco-based poet. His work has appeared in Margie, Poemeleon, Cortland Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Xavier Review, Caliban, and Kestrel. His poems have been included in the anthologies Mutanabbi Streets Starts Here and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, and is forthcoming in Poetry Salzburg Review, Ilanot Review, and Chiron Review, Lotus-Eater Magazine, and Bitterzoet Magazine among others.