Friday, June 12, 2015

21st Poet Laureate of USA, Juan Felipe Herrera

Let Me Tell You What a Poem Brings

for Charles Fishman
Before you go further, 
let me tell you what a poem brings, 
first, you must know the secret, there is no poem 
to speak of, it is a way to attain a life without boundaries, 
yes, it is that easy, a poem, imagine me telling you this, 
instead of going day by day against the razors, well, 
the judgments, all the tick-tock bronze, a leather jacket 
sizing you up, the fashion mall, for example, from 
the outside you think you are being entertained, 
when you enter, things change, you get caught by surprise, 
your mouth goes sour, you get thirsty, your legs grow cold 
standing still in the middle of a storm, a poem, of course, 
is always open for business too, except, as you can see, 
it isn’t exactly business that pulls your spirit into 
the alarming waters, there you can bathe, you can play, 
you can even join in on the gossip—the mist, that is, 
the mist becomes central to your existence.
“Let Me Tell You What a Poem Brings” from Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems by Juan Felipe Herrera. Copyright © 2008 Juan Felipe Herrera. Reprinted by permission of the University of Arizona Press. This material is protected from unauthorized downloading and distribution.

Source: Half of the World in Light (The University of Arizona Press, 2008)

Couldn't be more thrilled to hear of Herrera's selection as 21st Poet Laureate! (The photo is from Google images)


  1. What a treat Kate, wonderful portrait shot also.. Hope you're feeling much better these days?

  2. Thank you for sharing this, I shall have to look out more of his poetry... and a lovely portrait as well. =)

  3. That is a great portrait Kate. Did you get to meet him?

  4. Congratulations to him! I heard him read one of his poems on the news the other morning. Lovely.

  5. Wonderful portrait photo. Have a great weekend Kate.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  6. I must confess I haven't read anything he wrote, but Latin American writers are among my favourites.

    1. Herrera is NOT a Latin American writer. He is an American whose parents were migratory workers who originally immigrated from México.

  7. I know he was born in the US, but with such Latin American background I guess it might have inspired his writings. That was my point.

  8. Congratulations!

  9. Kudos to Mr. Herrera!

  10. I didn't know Google could make photographs.

  11. He's the perfect man for the job!

  12. It was a good choice, I think.


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