Just a reminder:
This Thursday, the Poetry Foundation will host two gifted Latino poets at its HQ for a reading, book signing, and reception: Dan Vera -- author of Speaking Wiri Wiri, which won the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Press prize -- and Orlando Ricardo Menes, who judged the contest and whose newest collection, Fetish, won last year's Prairie Schooner Book Prize.
Thursday, Oct 24, 7:00PM
61 West Superior Street
And here's a preview.
Overdrawn, repoed Grand Prix, workshop in hock
To the dogs, Papá mends houses of refugees
Who niggle over how much grout to squeeze
Into a crack, who bathe in their girdles and socks
To skimp on Fab. Checks bounce, taxmen hound, the truck's
Muffler shot, Papá scouts groomed lawns for settes,
Divans, chaises meant for Goodwill, windfall antiques
To fix with mallet, strainer, needle, twine, & chalk.
"Waste is for gringos," he'd say, tapping brass nails
That wiggle on warped pine or straining buckram
On a crippled carcass, my hands dull as I shear
Chintz for skirts, though Papá, reverent with details,
Irons burlap, measures the tweed sleeves & trim
In metrics, smoothes out horsehairs to cashmere.
--from Fetish (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), by Orlando Ricardo Menes
-- Learn more about the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Press Poetry Prize here.
-- Visit the Letras Latinas blog here.