three poems in Dreamers and Displaced, d. ellis phelps

Rio Grande River by Tom Driggers via CC

Dreamers and Displaced

I am very pleased to have new work appearing in the current issue of Poets and Dreamers Literary & Fine Arts Journal: Dreamers and Displaced

Three of my poems including naomi,

along the rio grande
among carnelian melons
& orange      groves

you can hear the coyotes
crooning       to a moon
wide and bright    as

the river         she loves

naomi crossed this borderland
for freedom      cradling her infant…

(read the entire poem here)

on a farm in brownsville

“In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security
informed landowners along the northern edge of the
Rio Grande that the new border fence would be cutting
through their properties.”

Texas Monthly, 2011
​rust colored steel
cuts through

melon & mesquite

chops this land in half

and only the ocotillo

they rode in silence


across the great river


across the canyons…

(read the entire poem here)

appear alongside the work of many poets and artists of note including:

Juan Felipe Herrerra,

…at times the shadow
i cannot tell i sleep the blankets folded and unfolded todavía
still here para ti for you         todavía…

Wendy Barker,

…Songbirds return to the same spot year after year. Travel in flocks, rely on their neighbors. Safety in numbers….

Marrian Haddad

…And we danced, under the freeway, wearing our chokers, handmade by native artisans, turquoise and silver and wood, there we were, and many, dancing

and more.  I am deeply honored to be included.

Read Poets and Dreamers here

image:  Rio Grande:  Texas-Mexico is used permission of the artist, Tom Driggers via Creative Commons.  Some rights reserved.


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