Saturday, July 4, 2015

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Homeless Vet on Congress Avenue

I can see that when traffic
at your corner’s stopped,
and flashing lights in blue and red
signal the arrival of our escort,
you will be disconcerted;
soon, an altar boy will be beside you
and staring down at his calm face,
you will calm in turn.

Friday, July 3, 2015


Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On the Road in Texas: The Mariachi of Cibolo

photo © Mark Butkus 2015
Por Ruben Vazquez...

The Mariachi of Cibolo
tells me his history
and the history of mariachi
over shots of tequila
poured in his garage.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I Am Canadian

Happy Canada Day from Canadian, Texas.

"I'm not a lumberjack or a fur trader.
I don't live in an igloo
or eat blubber
or own a dog sled.

And I don't know Jimmy, Sally or
Suzy from Canada,
although I'm certain they're really, really nice.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Lost Pencil

I see the path I have traveled
A wheel turning
On the curvature of days
Seeking happiness here
Some love, some peace there

Monday, June 29, 2015

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's A Child’s Grave at Florence

A. A. E. C.
Born, July 1848; died, November 1849.

 Of English blood, of Tuscan birth   
  What country should we give her?   
Instead of any on the earth,   
  The civic Heavens receive her.   

And here among the English tombs           
  In Tuscan ground we lay her,   
While the blue Tuscan sky endomes   
  Our English words of prayer.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

En el mar de mis sueños

Soñé que estaba en el mar de nuevo,
flotaba ligera y sin rumbo,
flotaba como un cuerpo inerte
o como alguien que espera pacientemente
que la vida llegue como las olas
o la muerte como la brisa;

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrara Named First Latino Poet Laureate of United States

The Library of Congress announced today that Mexican American poet Juan Felipe Herrara will succeed Charles Wright as the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States.

Herrara is currently the Poet Laureate of his home state California and will officially become U.S. Poet Laureate  with a reading at the commencement of Hispanic Heritage Month on September 15.