Monday, March 31, 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana

In honor of Women’s History Month: Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana film tonight and meet Linda Garcia Merchant, producer and director of the film. Friday March 28, 2008. 6:00 pm - 8:30pm. Pan Am. SBSC 101

Latino Poetry Review

Latino Poetry Review website is up! Check it out.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

solstice book review

With so much gratitude for C. St. Perez's generous book review of SOLSTICE on RATTLE.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"Lest this be Heaven indeed
An Obstacle is given
That always gauges a Degree
Between Ourself and Heaven."

-Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

“Come, holy tortoise shell,
my lyre, and become a poem. ”

- Sappho

Monday, March 24, 2008


"Did it taste like sunlight on your wrist?"

poem excerpt from "Exilio"
by Suzanne Frischkorn
from American Flamingo

Sunday, March 23, 2008

"El poema
es el animal

Hundiendo la boca

En el manantial"

excerpt from Cecilia Vicuña's
Unravelling Words & the Weaving of Water
“I, I wish you could swim
Like dolphins, like dolphins can swim”

from David Bowie's "Heroes"

I like how this version almost like a spoken word piece

Saturday, March 22, 2008


In the sense of transparence,
I don't mean that much can be explained.

Clarity in the sense of silence."

from "Of Being Numerous"
by George Oppen

Friday, March 21, 2008

".... Late summer garden
you have duende too. Leaving is difficult. Sometimes

to stay, invites death...."

excerpt from "Granada" by Suzanne Frischkorn
in American Flamingo
lovely poems

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"Don't ask her what she thought she was doing
turning a child's eyes
away from history
and toward that place all human aching starts."

-excerpt from "Self-Help for Fellow Refugees"
by Li-Young Lee from Behind My Eyes: Poems

Monday, March 17, 2008

If I Die in Juárez by Stella Pope Duarte

"The result of Duarte's research, creativity and passion is a novel that is as stunning as it is heart-rending. Her three protagonists feel real, and the reader cannot help but hope for their safety and that justice will prevail." - Daniel O. Olivas, El Paso Times, 3/16/08

"If I Die in Juárez, concerns the maquiladora murders, the horrible crimes against young Mexican women who worked at the factories in Ciudad Juárez, the city that borders El Paso. These factories sprang up in the wake of NAFTA and held the promise of plentiful jobs. Duarte uses three young women to tell the story."

Stella Pope Duarte is the author of the short story collection, Fragile Night, (Bilingual Review Press, 1997) and the novel, Let Their Spirits Dance (HarperCollins, 2002). Duarte was born and raised in la Sonorita Barrio in South Phoenix.

El Paso Community College's Spring Arts Festival, Humanities Texas and University of Arizona Press will sponsor a series of events with Stella Pope Duarte. All events are free, and the public is invited. Information: Richard Yañez, 831-2630 or The schedule:

3/18, Tuesday 1-3 p.m. and 3/19 Wednesday noon-2 p.m., receptions and book signing, El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter, Student Union bookstore.

3/18, 7 p.m. Tuesday, reading performance, YWCA Transitional Living Center, 3700 Altura (entrance is on Stevens).

3/19, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Showing of documentary film "Border Echoes: Ecos de Una Frontera" by Lorena Mendez-Quiroga, Little Temple, 906 N. El Paso on the Rio Grande Campus.

3/19, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, panel with Diana Washington-Valdez, author of "The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women," Little Temple, 906 N. El Paso.

"Spotlight on Stella Pope Duarte" on La Bloga and Stella Pope Duarte's website.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

face off conscience-less council
members continue to sell out
humble community folks
make jokes about no bucks....

... Anxiety gnaws
at poetic/political craw
as Queen City skyline
comprised of strangling structures
grows in metal/glass/concrete
dimensions, there is a feeling
of constriction
-- faint glimmer of prisons past --"

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Talk to comfort.
Talk to honor.
Talk of injustice.
Talk for healing.
Knowledge is living...

Knowledge has no end.
Knowledge is beginning."

poem excerpts from "De-Urban-I-Zation Blues" and "Feel Good Song" by raúlsalinas from Indio Trails.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

"Within this black hive to-night
There swarm a million bees;
Bees passing in and out the moon,
Bees escaping out the moon,
Bees returning through the moon,
Silver bees intently buzzing,
Silver honey dripping from the swarm of bees
Earth is a waxen cell of the world comb..."

excerpt from Cane by Jean Toomer

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Friday, March 07, 2008

From Amigos de las Mujeres de Juarez:

"Sadly, another young woman is missing from Juarez. Her name is HILDA GABRIELA RIVAS CAMPOS and she disappeared on February 25th on her way home from school, again from the center of the city. This time the authorities instituted the Alba Protocol, which is intended to link various police agencies in an immediate search, similar to Amber alerts in this country. She is the third young woman to disappear from Juarez in 2008.

Adriana Sarimiento Enriquez disappeared January 18, 2008.
Ana Christina de la O Espino disappeared on January 23, 2008.

See our website for more information on these three young women. The central area of Juarez is now officially considered an area of high risk.

The response to Amigo’s email about Adriana’s disappearance was immediate. Amnesty issued an urgent action. Unfortunately, Adriana is still missing.

Please join us for international Women’s Day, March 8th in Juarez at the Plaza de Armas for a demonstration making a shameful 15 years of femicides. See our website for details. Click on upcoming events."

Ciudad Juarez, 9am

9:00 AM - Plaza de Armas

10:30 AM - Marcha hacia la cruz del Puente

11:00 AM - Colocación de ofrendas

12:00 PM - Celebración ecuménica

saturday in ept: workshop 12:45pm; reading 4pm

Tumblewords Project writing workshop with Christine Granados
author of the excellent short story collection
Brides and Sinners in El Chuco
at 12:45pm
Memorial Park Library
Copper at Copia
El Paso, Texas
Saturday March 8, 2008
bring something to write with and to write on!

* * * *
and at 4pm: Armijo Public library:

*thanks to BorderSenses for sending this nice flyer.

i love lee's book This Many Miles from Desire.

wish i were in ept to attend these events.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

"I would not think to touch the sky with two arms"

by Sappho, translated by Anne Carson
from If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

"When I praise the sun or any bronze god derived from it
Don't think I wouldn't rather praise the very tall blond boy
Who ate all of my potato-chips at the Red Lizard.
It's just that I won't see him when I open my eyes
And I will see the sun."

by Jack Spicer from Imaginary Elegies

Monday, March 03, 2008

Sunday, March 02, 2008