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Voices and Verses

National Poetry Month: “Kill Time Objective” By Roberto Tejada

The UH professor reads a poem inspired by two dreams and personal loss.


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Catherine Lu
“I believe poetry to be the most relevant and energizing way in which we can encounter the world and encounter other people – the dead, our friends, our family, those who we will never meet.” – Poet Roberto Tejada

In this sound portrait, Roberto Tejada talks about poetry’s “sheer sensation” and about discovering the poetry of César Vallejo and Wallace Stevens, and he reads his poem, "Kill Time Objective."

Roberto Tejada is author of the poetry collections Full Foreground (Arizona, 2012), Exposition Park (Wesleyan, 2010) and Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006). Todo en el ahora (Libros Magenta, 2015) features selected poems translated into Spanish by Alfonso D'Aquino, Gabriel Bernal Granados, and Omar Pérez. Co-editor of the multi-lingual journal, Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, and media historian, he has published National Camera: Photography and Mexico's Image Environment (Minnesota, 2009), A Ver: Celia Alvarez Muñoz (Minnesota, 2009) and essays in books on photographers Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide and Luis Gispert. He is a Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, where he also on the faculty of the Art History Department.


This poem was published in The Brooklyn Rail and is reprinted with permission by the author.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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