Arizona Poets is a series featuring 20 poets from Arizona in honor of our 60th Anniversary. These poets have all visited the Poetry Center and recordings of those visits are available in our audiovisual archive, Voca. Click here to learn more about our anniversary and here to see the rest of this series.
Brenda Hillman has published ten collections of poetry and has been recognized with an LA Times Book Award for Poetry, the International Griffin Poetry Prize, and a California Book Award Gold Medal in Poetry. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a professor at St. Mary’s College, Hillman was born in Tucson and attended Rincon High School.
Your loved ones gather strength
after an illness; they put their heads
against the years. They hear
the molecular rattle of the mesquite,
the finding bin of syllables,
their mothers' unchanging breath.