Synopses & Reviews
Over sixty years ago, poet, playwright, and critic John Igo stumbled upon a curious reference to a vanished local literary legend. A brilliant former student at a San Antonio community college, forgotten by none who met him, had gone on to the famed Black Mountain College in the 1930s, and achieved his dream of becoming a staff writer for The New Yorker. And then he vanished. Coincidence and curiosity morphed into an obsession for Igo: Who was Mendez Marks? Why did he die so young, at the height of his swift carreer? A strange history of family secrets, including madness and suicide, emerged along the way. Igo calls his memoir of his sixty-year pursuit of Marks “a verbal example of a contained-space sculpture.” It is a biography wrapped in a memoir wrapped in a psychological case study of a brilliant, original soul.
About the Author
John Igo is a San Antonio educator, writer, artist, photographer, producer, and critic. Igo has published twelve books of poetry, including The Third Temptation of St. John (National Society of Arts and Letters National Award), God of Gardens (Southwest Writers Conference Publication Award), Alien, Bozzetti and The Mitotes of John Igo. In addition, he has authored several books of prose—including On Poetry and Poetics—and several plays. In 1985, Igo received an Emmy for his script, “Our Children: the Next Generation.”