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Well Versed

Well Versed

By Juan Felipe Herrera

Photo by Joanne Lee

Two new poems for our readers from U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera in honor of National Poetry Month. Hear him speak at SCU’s commencement in June.

Though U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera honors poetry daily through his life’s work he is celebrating the art even more this month in honor of National Poetry Month by sending SCU two special poems. The first Latino poet named U.S. poet laureate, Herrera writes passionately about social issues and is a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. His work has been known to cross genres, even into opera and dance theatre. Herrera will be the featured speaker at Santa Clara University’s 166th undergraduate commencement ceremony. He’s no stranger to the Mission Campus. He has been hosted by the student-edited Santa Clara Review and counts as one of his early mentors and good friends Professor Emeritus Francisco Jiménez ’66.

 

 

little wall big wall

 

big wall on the streets big wall            its                    me

remember me hello hello little wall wall big wall

hello big wall can I come in

big wall little wall big wall little wall little

wall

                        little

                        wall

                                    big wall

                                                little wall

big wall little little little wall

big wall little little little little little

wall hello remember                            me

little wall hello hello

can I come in big wall little wall

big

big

                                                            big wall hello                                        

            (can I come in)

  all alone big wall locked door

can I come in little wall I have

the

            key

 

 

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The Fruit Fly & Its Yeast, Its Protein Function

 

& its yearning its       dragonfly
 
its solar eclipse                     its matrix
 
its book body the fruit fly & its      yeast
 
the yeast & its protein
 
function &        its
 
yearning            its human
 
book      its Darwinian yeast
 
its protein function                  yeast
 
it stays in its fruit fly
 
face & its twig its      landscape
 
of fullness w/o             the book
 
w/o
 
                                      the dragonfly yearning
 
 
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