Miriam Herrera The Poetry Motel Foundation presents Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY on Thursday, September 20, 2007 (7:00 sign up; 7:30 start). This month’s featured poet is Miriam Herrera with open mic for poets before and after the feature. There is a $3.00 suggested donation. Your “persistent” host is Dan Wilcox.

KIVA AT CHACO CANYON

The kiva meditates on herself
On the roundness of the soul
On the eagle’s circular vision.

Lie on your back, little girl—
Notice the sky! It’s contained
In its own infinite funnel.

I know this kiva. We are old friends—
The mother we never had.
I recognize her! It’s she
Who forces one toward the middle.

In the kiva there is only middle.

Looking out through her bald blue eye
It’s me:
Looking in, looking out.

Her poetry has been published in New Millenium Writings, ArtLife, Blue Mesa Review, New Zoo Poetry Review, Nimrod: International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Black Maria, ECOS, and other journals.  She is an active member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in Lake Tahoe, CA; a member of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild, the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Council of La Raza.

For more on Miriam, check out her blog:  http://miriamherrerapoems.googlepages.com/