JUAN FELIPE 
HERRERA

Juan Felipe Herrera served as the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. The son of migrant farm workers, he was educated at UCLA, Stanford University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poetry collections include Notes on the Assemblage (2015), 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007 (2007), Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999). Notes on the Assemblage was named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Library Journal, Buzzfeed and NPR.

FEDERICO GARCÍA LORCA & THE ANGELS OF CELERY

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It is all green —

listen to me:

 

see that explosion of cloud & leopard

of rebel dove & desolate wheels on the zapped corner

you can sew it in  — here with

 

                                                                                                                               60's Buttons &

paisley patch & an asparagus wig from Ginsberg's supermarket

remember Whitman in there? That's him

call the crimson bull decorated in moon love & jasmine & afternoon clocks

call please you must do it you must do it now you must

see this see this in La Plaza of Viges where Mama Rumba was born

 

& her castanets of future sands & revolutionaries delirious

on the Río Grande Valley border escape ladders

& her belly timing the cosmos of Blacks & Spaniards so

 

we are here now               Federico

we are scrubbing the ancient palaces with

your angels of celery your neon-neon heads ragged in Afro-Cubanismo

in Afro-Urban-Hip-Hop chekere bead

 

put it here smear it there

paste it out crawl into it & fold up the falling

with your ecstasy bodies of lily-shaped horns & daybreak blood

THE FRUIT FLY & ITS YEAST, ITS PROTEIN FUNCTION

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& 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

OCHRE YELLOW GREEN STONE HUICHOL CAMPO

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