7 Poems By Latinx Writers To Inspire You To Give The Genre A Try
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By Kerri Jarema
Poetry tends to be one of the most divisive genre of writing around; it's either something you love or don't (or you haven't found the right poem yet.) But poetry is so much more than what you remember from English 101 freshman year; not only are there tons of modern poets who give new perspectives to the genre, there are countless incredible writers who probably were never taught in your school. And with Hispanic Heritage Month well under way, now is a greater time than ever to dive into some of the Latinx poets you might have missed or, probably, have never even heard of before.
The seven poems below mix well-known classics from the likes of Pablo Neruda, with modern writers like Carmen Giménez Smith for a preliminary list of just some of the incredible Latinx poets out there whose work you can delve into, discuss and devour. If you've been looking for a reason to get more into poetry, consider this your gentle reminder. And if you're looking for more Latinx voices in poetry when you're done here, check out this extensive list from the Poetry Foundation; you won't be able to walk away without finding a new favorite.