poetry in spanish

Poetry for Hispanic Heritage Month

In this day and age when so many people, myself included, are cut off from the worlds from which their families came, we should celebrate all those who have kept and are keeping those ties alive.

That being said, I am always a little uneasy about these annual month-long heritage commemorations, or more precisely, the lists of notables they tend to spawn. It’s just that these lists tend to marginalize those they mean to honor. By putting Pablo Neruda or Federico Garcia Lorca or Octavio Paz on a list of Greatest Hispanic Poets, it is as if they are de facto disqualified from being on the plain-old Greatest Poets list, and that, I think, is a problem.

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