Well Versed

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

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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

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big wall hello

(can I come in)

all alone big wall locked door

can I come in little wall I have

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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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