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Cover of "Theater of Night" featuring an illustration of a red and green living room
February 2006
Copper Canyon Press

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The Theater of Night

Alberto, Rios

From “The Chair She Sits In”:

I’ve heard this thing where, when someone dies,
People close up all the holes around the house-
The keyholes, the chimney, the windows,
Even the mouths of the animals, the dogs and the pigs.
It’s so the soul won’t be confused, or tempted . . .


Alberto Rios is Regents’ Professor of English at Arizona State University and University Professor of Letters.

Praise for this book

“Ríos writes in a serenely clear manner.”

The New York Times Book Review