March 20, 2017

Poetry & Migration: Featuring Juan Felipe Herrera

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March 20, 2017 #WeComeFromEverything

María de la Luz Knows How to Walk

Juan Felipe Herrera

About This Poem


"With this poem I weave the stories I have heard on the road as U.S. Poet Laureate and the stories I have heard travelling as a poet since 1970, as well as those of my own family. It is important to awaken to the realities of human beings that undergo heroic and tragic journeys from Mexico and the Américas en route to El Norte as migrant workers in the face of deportation. They follow family trails established even before the 'border' was installed in the early 20th Century."
—Juan Felipe Herrera


Join Us: Because We Come From Everything


This week we'll be showcasing poems that speak to the theme of immigration, as part of the Poetry Coalition's national initiative Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration.


Join this initiative by learning more about your local community. Visit the American Immigrant Council for state-specific data and facts about the immigrant population where you live.


And share your favorite lines from this week's poems with #WeComeFromEverything.


Video: Juan Felipe Herrera on the Poet's Civic Duty Today


Video: Juan Felipe Herrera reads "Everyday We Get More Illegal"


Lesson Plan: Incredible Bridges, featuring Juan Felipe Herrera


Juan Felipe Herrera is the author of Notes on the Assemblage (City Lights Publishers, 2015). He is the U.S. Poet Laureate of the United States and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.


Photo credit: Randy Vaughn-Dotta


Poetry by Herrera


Notes on the Assemblage

(City Lights Books, 2015) 

"A Brief History of Hostility" by Jamaal May


"This Morning I Pray for My Enemies" by Joy Harjo


"The Fist" by Derek Walcott


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