“Foreign Heart”

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Poet’s Note: “Foreign Heart” is the titular poem of a finished book (not yet published) with the following epitaph:

It is a strange courage
you give me, ancient star.
–“El Hombre,”
William Carlos Williams

[It is a foreign heart
you give me, old Helen.
–etymological decoding ]

This poem was first published in El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry, Edited by Martín Espada   Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997

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