Sotère Torregian

“Poet Sotere Torregian has published 8 books of his poetry: Song For Woman (Joycian Court, 1965), The Golden Palomino Bites the Clock (Angelhair, 1966), The Wounded Matress (Oyez, 1968), City of Light (Paris and San Fransisco, 1971), The Age of Gold (Kulcher, New York, 1976) and Amtrak (Telephone 1979)
Contributor to various avant garde magazines, such as The Paris Review, Art and Literature (Isere, France) and C, a magazine of the arts, Sotere was associated with Surrealists, as well as with the New York Group of poets and painters in the early 1960s. Resident of California from 1967, he received the Frank O’Hara Award for Poetry in 1968, and the Gotham Book Mart Author of the Year Award in 1976 upon publication of Age of Gold.

Assistant to Dr. St Clair Drake in founding the Afro-American Studies program at Stanford University in 1969, where he taught as writer-in-residence and scholar from 1969 to 1973, the author traces his ancestry to the Aghliabid Dynasty of Moorish rulers of Sicily to Greece, Ethiopia, and to the Levant, on his maternal side; and to the Maghreb and Central Asia on his paternal side.”

Sotère Torregian: Three Poems

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