In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15—and the rich tradition of poetry from Latinx poets year-round—browse this selection of poems, essays, and multimedia features. 
 

Poems for Hispanic Heritage Month

Flowers from the Volcano” by Claribel Alegría
Fourteen volcanoes rise...

Como Tú / Like You / Like Me” by Richard Blanco
Como tú, I question history's blur in my eyes...

Poem in Which I Only Use Vowels” by Paola Capó-García
Poem in which I have wisdom …

Untitled” by Jesús Castillo
Dear Empire, I am confused each time I wake inside you …

Freeway 280” by Lorna Dee Cervantes
Las casitas near the gray cannery …

Cayucos” by Eduardo C. Corral
A girl asleep beneath a fishing net …

Problems with Hurricanes” by Victor Hernández Cruz
A campesino looked at the air …

Diaspora Sonnet 25” by Oliver de la Paz
The planet pulls our bodies through …

Heal the Cracks in the Bell of the World” by Martín Espada
Now the bells speak with their tongues of bronze 

Spanish As Experienced by a Native Speaker” by John Olivares Espinoza
A George Washington quarter was a cuarta …

How to Dismantle a Heart” by Rodney Gomez
My mother used to say the heart makes music …

Gila” by Rigoberto González
It’s no curse …

Father’s Memory of a Mexican Mining Camp” by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez
Softly, it always began softly …

Cumbia de Salvación” by Leticia Hernández-Linares
Cumbia sabrosa cumbia 

Borderbus” by Juan Felipe Herrera
A dónde vamos  where are we going …

Notes on the Below” by Ada Limón
Humongous cavern, tell me, wet limestone …

Do Not Speak of the Dead” by Cecilia Llompart
I was born among the bodies. I was hurried …

Xicano” by J. Michael Martinez
as light …

declaration” by Andrés Montoya
i have found …

No Longer Ode” by Urayoán Noel
A hurricane destroyed your sense of home …

I Walk Into Every Room and Yell Where the Mexicans At” by José Olivarez
i know we exist because of what we make …

A Few Things Are Explained to Me” by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado
It was five o'clock when paper handkerchiefs descended...

XI” by Ruben Quesada
One morning the spirit of my lover’s uncle returned …

Day of the Refugios” by Alberto Rios
I was born in Nogales, Arizona …

All of Us” by Erika L. Sánchez
Every day I am born like this—

from Be Recorder by Carmen Giménez Smith
they work their fingers …

What Now?” by Gary Soto
Where did the shooting stars go?

Portrait of Atlantis as a Broken Home” by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
I swim down to...

Let Me Try Again” by Javier Zamora
I could bore you with the sunset, the way water tasted …

Hispanic Heritage Month

Classic Poems for Hispanic Heritage Month

Love Opened a Mortal Wound” by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Love opened a mortal wound…
 
Suspend, Singer Swan” by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Suspend, singer swan, the sweet strain…

Like You” by Roque Dalton
Like you I / love love…

A Sonnet on Cervantes” by Rubén Darío
In all my days of troubled loneliness…

Poets! Towers of God!” by Rubén Darío
Poets! Towers of God…

[To find a kiss of yours]” by Federico García Lorca
To find a kiss of yours…

Love for This Book” by Pablo Neruda
In these lonely regions I have been powerful…

Unity” by Pablo Neruda
There is something dense, united, settled in the depths…

Proem” by Octavio Paz
At times poetry is the vertigo of bodies and the vertigo of speech…

 

Poems in Spanish and English

Seven Stones” by Marjorie Agosín
Today I picked up…

Penelope Unravels” by Francisca Aguirre
There is always adolescence and nothing else at dusk…

In a Neighborhood in Los Angeles” by Francisco X. Alarcón
I learned / Spanish…

City Moon” by Francisco Aragón
Perfect disc of moon, huge…

gathering words” by María Luisa Arroyo
One day I will write you a letter…

Calculations” by Brenda Cárdenas
“I don’t know what to tell you…

Central America in My Heart” by Oscar Gonzales
On this voyage into the deep communion of solitude ...

The Sky Over My Mother's House” by Jaime Manrique
It is a July night ...

1958” by Pablo Medina
The sun stung like never before…

Ballad of Forgotten Places” by Olga Orozco
My most beautiful hiding places…

notes on the seasons” by Raquel Salas Rivera
in Spanish, we don’t naturally occur …