For Jayne Cortez, R.I.P.

January 5, 2013   •   By Juan Felipe Herrera

Photo of Jayne Cortez by Amir Bey


 


Bisbee Poetry Festival, 1985, Southern Arizona


For Jayne Cortez, rip


 

It was you &


Rochelle Owens & her many words for one word


& Ashbury who spoke of Nordic myth & the mystic house


Yes lightning hit when he said that


& Acker who wrote Don Quixote we must steal it she said


Ed Sanders played his piano tie wired


His own harmonics near the Beat heart I shimmied on stage


My Dallas Cowboys jersey & my Viet Nam jungle boots


We were


About to turn into this fire-world without measure


You saw that you burned with that


You saw that


 


 — Juan Felipe Herrera