Jose Hernandez Diaz


Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Fellow. He is the author of The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020). His work has been published or featured in The American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Georgia Review, Huizache, Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Times, LitHub, The Nation, Poetry, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He has been a finalist for the Andrés Montoya Prize, Colorado Prize, and The National Poetry Series. Currently, he is an Associate Editor at Frontier Poetry and a Guest Editor at Palette Poetry.

Huevos Revueltos con Chorizo

A meal I make often, yet don’t think about too much.
When I sit and analyze it, though: I realize, I’m in the Southwest.
Do they eat this on the East Coast? Doubt it. They probably 

Stick to bagels or pancakes. But I’m on the West coast.
Formerly, México. Formerly, and still prominent: indigenous.
I know I’m just having breakfast. Why so serious? It’s more than that, 

If I investigate the past and see both of my abuelos and abuelas
Cooking huevos revueltos con chorizo for my tíos and tías. It’s a way to carry on
With tradition. I will share this meal with my children one day. 

Tortillas, huevos, chorizo, and if you have the patience
To boil the potatoes beforehand: you can add that, too!
One difference from my Abuelos’ time: nowadays, 

You can even replace the pork for soyrizo: ¡Buen Provecho!




My Mother’s “Broken” English

Is more beautiful than a Neruda poem.
Is always managing to get by.
Is lovelier than a spring rose garden.
Will comfort you like a sarape.
Is not afraid of the dark.
Is commanding yet vulnerable.
Can calm me down or lift me up.
Can handle doctor visits and bureaucratic phone calls.
Has taught me how to read poetry.
Has become masterful over the years.
Sounds magical in prayer.
Sounds magical in prayer.


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