By Roberto Tejada b. 1964 Roberto Tejada

for E. A.

Vulnerable therein & perfectly
relinquished by statis,

object always of my
natal, crepuscular desire,

into the translucent specter,
body’s blue fossil

of ice, never autochthonous,
still embarked upon

the imperative passage to get
there, to secure a geography

that will beg description,
narrative map, adopted

tentatively; if only to write
the ritual book of what was possible,

but never bound to occur.

Roberto Tejada, “Itinerary” from Mirrors for Gold. Copyright © 2006 by Roberto Tejada. Reprinted by permission of Krupskaya.

Source: Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006)

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Poet Roberto Tejada b. 1964

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Social Commentaries, Life Choices

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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An art historian, curator, and editor specializing in Latino and Latin American art, Roberto Tejada was born in Los Angeles. He earned a BA in comparative literature from New York University and a PhD in interdisciplinary media studies from the English Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks Gift & Verdict (1999) and Amulet Anatomy (2001) as well as the full-length . . .

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, Life Choices

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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