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    Anita Norman Recites at Poets House Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge (photo by Arnie Adler)
  • And introducing your 2014 POL Champs...

    And introducing your 2014 POL Champs...
  • Meet 2014 National Champ Anita Norman!

    Meet 2014 National Champ Anita Norman!
Victor Hernández Cruz

Victor Hernández Cruz

Victor Hernandez Cruz was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. He moved to New York City with his family when he was five years old, but he didn’t start learning English until two years later when his family bought a television set. He started

Here Is an Ear Hear
by Victor Hernández Cruz

Is the ocean really inside seashells
                     or is it all in your mind?

                                                —PICHON DE LA ONCE

Behold and soak like a sponge.   
I have discovered that the island of Puerto Rico   
is the ears of Saru-Saru, a poet reputed to have lived   
in Atlantis. On the day that the water kissed and