What is the last book of poetry that you read that took your breath away?

The last book of poetry I read was Cesar Vallego’s The Complete Poetry,  the collection from this twentieth century Peruvian poet,  fascinating and beautiful.

“There is loneliness in the house with no bustle,

no news, no green, no childhood.

And if there is something broken this afternoon,

something that descends and creaks,

it is two old white curved roads.

Down them my heart makes its way on foot.

From “Distant Footsteps”

What artist’s music makes you feel inspired to write?

Stan Getz – Here’s  That Rainy Day

What are your three favorite films of all time?

English Patient, Roman Holiday, When Harry Met Sally

What is a concert that you saw in person that you will never forget?

Leonard Cohen

Complete this sentence: “If I were to teach a course on the works of one author, that author would be…”

Amado Nervo, whose poetry is from another time and place and is gounded in theology and the natural world.



We are here just the same

a bronze sculpture

entwined in love

unnoticed like the ones

on display in some strip

mall furniture store

unmoved in our dust

wanting the shore

waiting for the approaching

waves untouched but touched

throughout the forming

the arch and curves

we hold elbows

like trusses

our bodies spread

sideways like bridges.


Regina Nervo was born in Hollywood, California, and grew up in Huntington Beach, California.  She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Creative Writing.  Regina Nervo lives in Southern California where she teaches and writes.


Horizon’s Pocket (2011) (Poetry)

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