|National Poetry Month April
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Juan Felipe Herrera is this year's United States Poet Laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera's parents were migrant farm workers. He went to UCLA and Stanford University, and eventually earned his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Herrera is author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, short stories, young adult novels, and children's literature. He is a recipient of many literary awards including Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Focal Award, two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, and a PEN West Poetry Award. He lives in California.
Five Directions to My House by Juan Felipe Herrera
Go back to the grain yellow hills where the broken speak of elegance
Walk up to the canvas door, the short bed stretched against the clouds
Beneath the earth, an ant writes with the grace of a governor
Blow, blow Red Tail Hawk, your hidden sleeve—your desert secrets
You are there, almost, without a name, without a body, go now
I said five, said five like a guitar says six.
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