[There is someone who knows]

By Roberto Tejada b. 1964 Roberto Tejada
There is someone who knows.

In no beginning
         was there just one language
nor did the surface gleam

with nineteen hours
of music as in our body-heat
through the head & limbs

the thumb and index finger
to form the ovular OH
of our self-fathering fable

war flail ≈ morning star

The original garden erudite,
lush lawn, & round
of trees
behind the limestone square, night

rain out of paper, under
the lights of the narrow
path up the rose hill.

From a dark corner rising now

to write orange with a knife
over green of the elusive
wall no one is watching

Roberto Tejada, “[There is someone who knows]” from Exposition Park. Copyright © 2010 by Roberto Tejada. Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Source: Exposition Park (Wesleyan University Press, 2010)

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Poet Roberto Tejada b. 1964

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Relationships, Family & Ancestors

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 Relationships, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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