Monday, July 30, 2018

"Annus Mirabilis" by R. A. Villanueva

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July 30, 2018

Annus Mirabilis

R. A. Villanueva
R. A. Villanueva reads "Annus Mirabilis."

About This Poem


"If you ask me about fatherhood, I will list aloud its wonders. And will add that my son draws circles wherever he finds space, that he waves goodbyes to bumblebees, shouts Hello! at airplanes and the moon and the East River ferry. I will sing for you his Why? with his many lilting syllables. There is a phrase from Mary Ruefle's essay 'On Fear' that I have come to know by heart: '…the holy dread with which we face that which we love most, or that which loves us the most.' This poem is unfinished; I will be writing it for as long as I live."
—R. A. Villanueva


R. A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Photo credit: Jennifer Villanueva


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