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R.A. Villanueva

R.A. Villanueva is an American poet. His first book is Reliquaria (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he currently lives in London, England.

‘Saudade’ – Deep note by R.A. Villanueva

There is a moment in Alice Fulton’s Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry that’s been going off in my skull like a flare. In it, she suggests: 'Each poet creates an expatriate space, a slightly skewed domain where things are freshly felt because they are freshly said.' And...

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Saudade by R.A. Villanueva

Yes now, like you, I wonder: where / is the patron saint of exiles / and far districts, this prefecture / of salt licks, pollen? Of alleys / / blue with plaques? And who among those / martyrs gives the nieces we have / yet to hold close our faces to / learn, our names to try? Who will halve...

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