About Carlos Hernández Peña ...

Carlos Hernández Peña was born and reared in Mexico Çity. He has lived in various U.S. cities over the past twenty years. Recent examples of his work have been published in U.S. 1 Worksheets and Sensations Magazine.

To write poetry, Carlos Hernández Peña gives up his native Spanish and uses English--this "alien language." This otherness of his English allows him to write, as he says, "from another side of the world," aquellos ojos verdes, where tarantulas are amicable drunks and bottles are bruised. His second tongue makes him puzzle the cold walrus and sent the "quetzal morning" flashing before our eyes. Hernández Peña retells the old riddles in a new world: The "Mobius strip confection" becomes the "giant waves" that "spin a riddle between birth and death." We recognize his other world in our own mouths, and taste it new as "sparks of snow."
          --Lois Marie Harrod, author of Put Your Sorry Side Out

A sample from Carlos Hernández Peña ...


Charm for our ancestors--moonmilk, healed their livestock
It appears, I believe, when we are asleep.

Cave deposits

Soft whiteness sculpted over ceiling and walls
Dripping water and microbes crystallized in calcite silence
Harvested mud-like cream, cleanse these wounds--
                                                                                           touch me