Francisco Alarcon

Francisco Xavier Alarcón (February 21, 1954 – January 15, 2016) was an American poet and educator.

Alarcón was one of the few Chicano poets to have “gained recognition while writing mostly in Spanish” within the United States. His poems have been also translated into Irish and Swedish. He made many guest appearances at public schools so that he could help inspire and influence young people to write their own poetry especially because he felt that children are “natural poets.”

MY FATHER
Fransisco Alarcon

my father
and I greet
each other

guarded
as if
sealing

a truce
on a
battlefield

we sit down
to eat like
two strangers

yet I know
beneath it all
he too

rejects
that affliction
that folly

that nightmare
called
macho