FRESNO– Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate. As a Central Valley poet, though, it carried further significance for me and my poet friends. Herrera is the second U.S. Poet Laureate in the last four years from the Central Valley; the other is Philip Levine.
My favorite poem by Juan Felipe Herrera is “Let Me Tell You What a Poem Brings”.
Let Me Tell You What a Poem Brings
for Charles Fishman
I love this poem because in it he explains what it’s like to write poetry in a way I’ve never heard before. He explains how nerve racking life is and how soothing poetry can be for the heart and mind. I like this poem because I agree that poetry gives a sort of calmness that other things don’t. He explains what poetry is made to do and what it’s supposed to make you feel.
I wanted to find out what other Fresno poets thought about another U.S. Poet Laureate from Fresno, so I asked a few at an Inner Ear poetry night. Here’s what they said:
The Inner Ear Poetry Slam meets on the last Friday of every month from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Teazer’s in the Galleria in downtown Fresno.