56th Virtual Circle

Apparently, I forgot to set up this week’s poetry circle ahead of time, but I didn’t forget.

Welcome to the 56th Virtual Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Today, we’re looking at a contemporary poem from J. Michael Martinez and his book Heredities, which won the Walt Whitman Award in 2009:

Xicano (page 6)

as light
shaped by trajectory.

a wind settles in the body.
Echécatl the breath, the flint & spark.
the house of prayers.

I am

when sounds exchange questions
when light enters the lung
when given

the noun:                a variable absence
a law               pinned to a quail’s wing.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles. It’s never too late to join the discussion.


  1. I’d definitely need to spend some more time reading this one, time I unfortunately don’t have right now. I read it over three times and have no clue what it’s about, unless I’m just dimwitted. Please enlighten me oh wise one. LOL
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    • Xicano, from what I could find, is the correct spelling for Chicano, who are U.S. citizens of Mexican descent. It almost seems that there is a protest to classification in this poem, like he is protesting that the wind or the light decides who and where he goes.

      I’m not sure that’s a correct interpretation however. This is my first time with these poems.
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