Sara Borjas


SARA BORJAS is a Xicanx pocha, is from the americas before it was stolen and its people were colonized, and is a Fresno poet. Her debut collection of poetry, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff was published by Noemi Press in 2019 and won a 2020 American Book Award. Sara was named one of Poets & Writers 2019 Debut Poets, is a 2017 CantoMundo Fellow, and the recipient of the 2014 Blue Mesa Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Poem-a-Day by The Academy of American Poets, Alta and The Offing, amongst others. She teaches innovative undergraduates at UC Riverside, believes that all Black lives matter and will resist white supremacy until Black liberation is realized, lives in Los Angeles, and stays rooted in Fresno. She digs oldiez, outer space, aromatics, and tiny prints is about decentering whiteness in literature, creative writing, and daily life. Source

Ars Poetica

1.     Go to the window with pink carnations in your hands


2.     Put on Al Green’s How Can You Mend a Broken Heart & listen to that


3.     Step over each flowerhead flattened on the sidewalk


4.     Whisper your mother’s name nine times


5.     Listen to the hole in that voice


6.     Listen to the hole in your mother's name


7.     Heart broken, listen to Al Green


8.     Mend the hole in her voice


9.     Lift each flattened flowerhead


10.   Open the window with her head in your hands





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Ars Poetica

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visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work


an instruction or a command

List Poem

A list poem features an inventory of people, places, things, or ideas organized in a particular way, usually numbered.