Jorge Aigla to Read From New Book ‘First Lie/Primera Mentira’

Editor | - January 28, 2013

Celebrate the release of tutor Jorge Algia's fifth poetry collection

From a St. John's College press release...

St. John’s tutor Jorge Aigla celebrates the release of his fifth collection of poetry, "First Lie/ Primera Mentira" with a reading on Saturday, February 2 at 4 p.m. in the Junior Common Room on the St. John’s Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

St. John’s Tutor Emeritus Charles Fasanaro writes in his foreword to the book, “This is a unique, rewarding and beautiful work. An outstanding illustration of poetry as a liberal art—an art that in Aigla’s hands performs a central task of all poetry, to define what it means to be free… placing himself, his poetry and us at the very center of human experience.”

"First Lie/ Primera Mentira"is a book of poetry written in English and Spanish, where the poems address personal experience but are deeply filled with classical references. Fasanaro explains that the poems are “an intelligent and creative examination not only of freedom, but simultaneously an exercise on how memory and the process of poetry itself can lead one toward this freedom...”

“(Aigla) A bilingual poet of great depth and excellence…his poems are profound and powerful.” Isa de Quesada in Onthebus.

Jorge H. Aigla was born in 1954 in Mexico City, where he grew up and began his martial arts practice under Dai Won Moon in 1970. He received a B.S. in Biology from St. Mary's College of California in 1975 and an M.D. from the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center in 1979. He has been a Research Fellow for the American Heart Association and for the Cancer Research Institute at the University of California at San Francisco. He was a resident in the Pathology Department of the same university and worked as a medical examiner in the city of San Francisco. Aigla also taught anatomy and physiology at City College of San Francisco and at Sonoma State University. All the while, he continued practice in Karate-Do under John Pereira at the Central Dojo of San Francisco Karate-Do. Aigla is currently na 8th Degree Black Belt and a member of ATAMA (American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts). He has been, since 1985, a member of the faculty at St. John's College of Santa Fe, where he teaches the Great Books and Eastern Classics Programs and is also Head Karate-Do Instructor. His other publications include four books of bilingual poetry. He lives in Santa Fe.