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Juan Felipe Herrera’s “A Certain Man”

September 5, 2009

A Certain Man

by Juan Felipe Herrera

The man over there
with educated fingers and fast
around his flag
rolls his shirt sleeves & calls
a taxi from church . . .
His eyeteeth clap like his family
for an encore of southwest earth
wolfed with fever
. . . Skilled and styled to believe
that Moctezuma blood & spirit
. . . are dead, as he pumps
a book through his ears.
Inside his stomach roast
meat (buttered in
makes yellow drops
on his hide overboil down
to his buttons.
Only heavy fur pulls
his head to a pillow
rusting completely overnight
. . . like his prayer.

Follow this link for more selected poems from Herrera’s Half of the World in Light, and to hear audio of him reading

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 5, 2009 9:37 pm

    exquisite. a treat to read.. and even better to hear it read. thanks for the link.

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