“America, We Talk About It”

A Poem by Juan Felipe Herrera

September 22, 2020  By Juan Felipe Herrera

Summer Journals — August 8, 2017

— every day of the week. It is not easy. First I had to learn. Over
decades — to take care of myself. Are you listening. I had to
learn. I had to gain, pebble by pebble, seashell by seashell, the
courage to listen to my self. My true inner self. For that I had to
push you aside. It was not easy I had pushed aside my mother
my father my self in that artificial stairway of becoming you to
be inside of you — after years I realized perhaps too late there
was no way I could bring them back I could not rewind the
clock. But I did — I could do one thing. I could care. Now we
— are here.


Every Day We Get More Illegal, Juan Felipe Herrera

From Every Day We Get More Illegal by Juan Felipe Herrera. Copyright © 2020. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, City Lights Books. 

Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher, and activist. Herrera was the 21st United States Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017. He has written more than a dozen collections of poetry, and has won the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Focal Award, two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, and a PEN West Poetry Award.

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