Gustavo Hernandez:

Aug 13, 07:00 AM
What does it mean to carry a landscape with you when that landscape belongs to someone else? In this interview, Gustavo Hernandez discusses the way poetry has helped him deal with living as an immigrant, and what it means to have two places always with him - California and Jalisco, Mexico. He talks about using poetry to help mourn his father. He also discusses the way short-fiction helped him create not just individual poems, but a full book with a "coming of age arc". That collection Flower Grand First ends in a vision of the hereafter, in which he notes, "The hereafter is like everything around me, built by my father," and how he set out "not for an ascent, but for a return."