Sunday, May 14, 2017


Juan Felipe Herrera was named the Poet Laureate in 2015, and actually graduated from San Diego High School. He frequently references Logan Heights in his work. 

I was very drawn to Juan Felipe Herrera's work because of the unapologetic celebration of Latino-ness in his work.  There is an energy in his writing, and in the way that he reads his poetry, that makes his texts accessible to Latinos and people everywhere who are interested in learning about the struggle about being Mexican in the United States.

I particularly loved his poem "187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border", a poem that combines humor and various cultural reference to explain the difficulties in crossing the United States border, or simply existing in the United States as a Latino at all.

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