Oscar Mireles (b.1955) has been writing poetry for the past 25 years. He is the editor of two anthologies titled 'I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin: 20 Hispanic Poets' (Focus Communications,1989) and 'I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin: 30 Hispanic Writers' (Focus Communications,1999) . He produced a chapbook titled 'Second Generation' (Focus Communications,1985) . He has had over 50 poems published in anthologies and magazines including Gathering Place of the Waters: 30 Milwaukee Poets (1983) Revista Chicano-Riquena 'Hispanic Literature in Wisconsin' (1985) , Visions and Voices against Apartheid (1987) Viatzlan, A journal of Arts and Letters (1992) , Dreams and ... more »
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Oscar Mireles Poems
In the seventh grade in 1967, playing football on the school playground I heard that Martin Luther King Jr.
Lost And Found Language
It started in 1949, when my oldest brother came home from school in Racine, Wisconsin after flunking kindergarten
Fathers Day Poem (...A Day Late...)
Father’s Day Poem My children are old enough to know it is Father Day
A “z” Is More Then The Last Letter Of Th...
My father proudly showed me his new birth certificate that had our last name Mireles spelled with a “z”
Slanted Eyes Are Beautiful...Slanted Eye...
a Korean woman had been sitting in my cultural awareness class, for an hour,
Will Grandma Mickey’s Hair Still Be Whit...
My youngest son asked me this as we were laying around arguing whether I was going to read more than one book or not… will grandma Mickey’s hair still be white, when we are in heaven?
What I Did During My Summer Vacation, Th...
My right big toe has been black and blue since the time old Benny Navarro
Poetry Can Be Hard On Your Hands
I arrived late to the mind’s eye poetry group meeting and I interrupted a critique of a prose poem
I'M Gonna Take The South Out Of South A...
I'm gonna take the South out of South Africa the home of the slaves and the land of no freedom
When I Was Asked What My Favorite Body P...
When I was asked what my favorite body part is? It was not the kind of question I get asked every day
Prenatal Massage On My Wife’s Protruding...
It is your three month anniversary today
Why Did You Name Me Javier Dad…part 2
A couple of years ago I wrote a poem titled “Why did you name me Javier… Dad? ” which looked at the meanings behind
Strung Up By A String
the only time a man held my private package I was resting back on the examination table
This Is One Of The Reasons Chicanos Are ...
Only in America could I flip through the slick pages of LIFE and find the only Chicanos I have ever seen
Comments about Oscar Mireles
In the seventh grade in 1967,
playing football on the school playground
I heard that
Martin Luther King Jr.
had been assassinated,
Some kids cried,
I felt a little sad.
other students didn’t know what to feel
I headed up to the third floor classroom
for my fourth period class
at Washington Junior High School,
I realized I had to step it up a bit
cause I was running late
As I turned the corner and
shot up the final set of stairs
I saw an unfamiliar black face
standing like King Kong
at the top of the ...