“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”
I was born among the bodies. I was hurried
forward, and sealed a thin life for myself.
I have shortened my name, and walk with
a limp. I place pebbles in milk and offer
September 15 to October 15 is officially National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for us to recognize and celebration the contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Celebrate by reading poems by contemporary Hispanic writers below. For more poems, audio, videos, essays, and books related to Hispanic Heritage Month, visit our Hispanic Heritage Month page.
|2007||Central America in My Heart||Oscar Gonzales|
|2003||The Sky Over My Mother’s House||Jaime Manrique|
|2003||Swan’s Elegy||Jaime Manrique|
|2002||Ballad of Forgotten Places||Olga Orozco|
|2002||It Comes in Every Storm||Olga Orozco|
|1993||A Woman Sleeps on an Island||Marjorie Agosín|
|2002||Songs to Berenice, II||Olga Orozco|
|1993||Seven Stones||Marjorie Agosín|
|2016||Thought Poem for Victor Martinez (Undelivered)||Juan Felipe Herrera|