An Introduction to Poetry and the new Poet Laureate

Yesterday the Library of Congress announced Juan Felipe Herrera as the nation’s twenty-first Poet Laureate.   Notably, Herrera is the first Hispanic chosen for the honor.

Collage of the author from his website, www.juanfelipepoet.com

Collage of the author from his website, http://www.juanfelipepoet.com

Though not familiar with Herrera (yet), I already feel a kinship with him.  When asked to share one of his poems in an NPR interview, Herrera chose “Let Me Tell You What a Poem Brings” from 2008’s Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems:

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