Tanka for the Year of the Tiger
The tiger, holy
to the Lord of Destruction,
snarling and raging
roams the forests, the image
of light captive behind bars.
---------© Rafael Jesús González 2010
Born in the bicultural/bilingual setting of El Paso, Texas/Juárez, Chihuahua, attended the University of Texas El Paso, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, & the University of Oregon. Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing & Literature, taught at the University of Oregon, Western State College of Colorado, Central Washington State University, the University of Texas El Paso, and Laney College, Oakland where he founded the Mexican and Latin American Studies Dept.