In his usual artful way, Professor Igo has retrieved a bit of San Antonio history. Stringtown, An Elegy tells the story of a hamlet on the northern outskirts of town in the first half of the 20th century. His hand-drawn map on the back cover shows the placement of the twelve houses that formed Stringtown. There was no church, no central meeting place, no honorary mayor, and the regular visits of the Watkins pharmacy and sundries vendor were a vital part of their lifestyle.
In this nostalgic view of the past, the life of Stringtown is described with humor and yearning — a time long-gone but nice to remember . . . or read about.
In Stringtown Redux, the inimitable John Igo has produced an addendum to his Stringtown, An Elegy with further anecdotes about the long-gone settlement north of San Antonio. He calls this “raw material in random order.”
* * *Stringtown, An Elegy 6 x 9 , paper, 16 pages ISBN 9780934955-92-8 Stringtown Redux 6 x 9, paper, 32 pages ISBN-13 9780934955-93-5 Order from author at:
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Translated by John Igo
This new assortment of poems translated by Professor Igo is now available for his fans, admirers and students.
See also, below, his other collections; STET, and Tropic of Gemini: Early Love Poems. He offers these volumes not for sale, but free for the asking. (Please include $1.50 each for shipping and handling)
Original sculpture pictured on the rear cover of KARAGOZ is by Philip John Evett.5½ x 8½, paper, 54 pages ISBN 9780934955-80-5 Order from author at: * * *
by John Igo
This collection of 52 poems by Professor Igo will delight his many friends and admirers. Most have appeared singly in various publications, including his twelve published books, but some are new.
See also, below, his collection titled Tropic of Gemini: Early Love Poems. He offers it not for sale, but free for the asking. (Please include $1.50 for shipping and handling)
Cover calligraphy is by the late Harry R. Geron.5½ x 8½, paper, 59 pages ISBN 9780934955-75-1
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John Igo is one of the literary treasures of San Antonio. A longtime professor in the English Department of San Antonio College, he has taught thousands of students how to read – and especially how to write. His own publications include poetry and drama, literary criticism and essays. Since retirement from SAC, he has continued teaching classes in literature at Incarnate Word’s continuing education series. The San Antonio Public Library has named a new branch for him, and he is collaborating on a projected history of San Antonio Theatres, to be published online.
This new small volume contains some 52 poems, written during the last twenty years, and some previously published in slightly different forms. He offers it not for sale, but free for the asking. (Please include $1.50 for shipping and handling).5½ x 8½, paper, 52 pages ISBN 0-934955-73-5 Order all books from author: John Igo 5331 Hamilton Wolfe Rd. San Antonio, TX 78229 www.johnigo.com
A Memoir by John Igo
As a child, John Igo enjoyed the natural splendors of Charco Martinez – a primordial swamp on his grandfather’s land north of San Antonio.
Today the charco has been absorbed by developers who built houses there during a drouth. When the rains came, houses began tosink and fences to lean. A branch library has been built about 500 feet from the northwest corner of the area. Will the books stay on the shelves? John, who still lives next door to his grandfather’s house, has written a nostalgic word picture of what he knew so well and lost forever, as houses usurped the charco. A poet, playwright, and longtime professor of English at San Antonio College, the author writes prose like poetry as he mourns the flora and fauna, the sights and sounds that have been swept away.6 x 8, paper, 24 pages, $4.95 ISBN 0-934955-58-1 Order from author