Today's poem is "Portrait of an Iris"
from Heredities

Louisiana State University Press

J. Michael Martinez has published poems in New American Writing, Five Fingers Review, Colorado Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among other journals. The recipient of the 2006 Five Fingers Review Poetry Prize and coeditor and cofounder of Breach Press, Martinez lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Other poems on the web by J. Michael Martinez:
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J. Michael Martinez According to Wikipedia.

About Heredities:

"In J. Michael Martinez's Heredities, history is unsettled by way of the visionary hybridity that is Martinez's method of poetic inquiry. The poems explore with a passionate lyric gorgeousness the borderlands between myth and memory, between plunder and inheritance, between the story we tell and the story we deny—this violent story of regeneration we call America."
—Eric Pankey

"In Heredities, Martinez mines various linguistic, mythological, and historical narratives that 'complete themselves in one another.' Both corporeal and heady, this collection marries the earth to the word, and revises how a twenty-first-century identity is forged with and through the past. Martinez is not only a fine poet but is also a dedicated anthropologist with the ability to excavate language from the ruins of history."
—Carmen Gimenez Smith

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