After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties

By Ray González | Go to book overview

Juan Felipe Herrera

The Boy of Seventeen

The boy of seventeen
twists in the sheets
the pages of sex
the bolts are crying
the windows are crying
his legs sweat camphor
and his blue lips
are dissolved into his cheeks
the pillows' hollows
are withering
the door is crying
seeing the keys
the clock cries
burning the curtains
the boy of seventeen
a paragraph of rain
between silk and marble
he measures the nails
in Christ's arms
he wants an X
on the left side of his dreams
he's searching for his mother
naked on the red altar

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction xv
  • Francisco Alarcón 3
  • Jimmy Santiago Baca 11
  • Cordelia Candelaria 15
  • Ana Castillo 18
  • Rosemary Catacalos 25
  • Lorna Dee Cervantes 33
  • Lucha Corpi 42
  • Carlos Cumpián 48
  • Angela De Hoyos 53
  • Martín Espada 55
  • Alicia Gaspar De Alba 64
  • Rebecca Gonzales 75
  • Ray González 80
  • Víctor Hernández Cruz 90
  • Juan Felipe Herrera 101
  • Rita Magdaleno 111
  • Demetria Martínez 119
  • Víctor Martínez 124
  • Pat Mora 130
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer 135
  • Leroy Quintana 143
  • Antonia Quintana Pigño 146
  • Naomi Quiñónez 155
  • Alberto Ríos 162
  • Luis J. Rodríguez 170
  • Leo Romero 179
  • Benjamin Sáenz 188
  • Luis Omar Salinas 194
  • Gary Soto 206
  • Carmen Tafolla 213
  • Ernesto Trejo 220
  • Robert Vasquez 226
  • Alma Luz Villanueva 234
  • Tino Villanueva 241
  • Biographical Notes 247
  • Acknowledgments 255
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