"I had a great life in El Paso, Texas, but … I had to return to my hometown of Laredo, Texas. My poetry began during that same time-period. I felt compelled to write as a way of dealing with the violence that I read about in Mexico. But, I also think it was an outlet for me to understand my
journey home to Laredo. Don’t get me wrong, I love Laredo and South Texas, and much of my poetry is about this place I call home, but I think that coming home really involved a journey within myself. The poetry is how I gave expression to that journey.
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