Juan Felipe Herrera was the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States and is the first Latino to hold the position. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; and Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

Juan Felipe Herrera was the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States and is the first Latino to hold the position. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; and Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

Juan Felipe Herrera was the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States and is the first Latino to hold the position. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; and Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

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your hands my hands
kindnesses  dances  silences sitting     you  i
     El Paso   Texas Segundo Barrio
Juarez 1918 1936 in gypsy   dress actress
you sing     i sing we sing     lullabies of old
this     now lines now     my birth
heart now life
                              all life     now
         i bow                    to you

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