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Congratulations to New US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Congratulations to our friend, colleague, contributor and now, US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

Read his most recent poems for the Los Angeles Review of Books here:

“Hey Phil”

“And if the man with the choke-hold”

“Anthropoetry”

“WANDA COLEMAN, 1946-2013″

“For Jayne Cortez, R.I.P”

“Jack Gilbert, 1925-2012″

“Perched on Nothingness”

Hey Phil

By Juan Felipe Herrera

for Phil Levine, RIP

 

They are writing about you Phil – you know
good stuff — the prizes Detroit and that
poem where you said in past lives you
were that wild sun-crested fox being chased
by “ladies and gentlemen on horseback” —
you said you would wake up with the poem
ready that it slipped untangled from a dream
all you had to do was sit up and write
the stage was a poem too – even though
most of us were too prepared you
preferred to joke before we went on
before the poetry light hit us on the face
it did not matter to you – you just carved
chiseled punctured rotated danced
and whirred past a distant gate