Monday, April 14, 2014

Every evening the face of First and Boyle reawakens
as streams of brown faces walk the calles' capillaries
Mexican men dressed in black mariachi suits seep
through the bloody arteries that breathe life into L.A.

from Verónica Reyes' "Mariachi Plaza 1990"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Los Angeles Times Book Fest and Chopper! Chopper!

I spent some time at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival this Saturday and picked up Verónica Reyes' Chopper!  Chopper!  I'm so excited to read this new collection.  From what I've read so far, the poems sizzle.  Reyes uses the long, muscular line, mixing Spanish-English bien suave.  

I also caught readings by Mei Mei Berssenbrugge and Garret Hongo.  Super cool!

Really want to catch Harreyette Mullen's reading and presentation Sunday, but couldn't be there.  Damn.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Just saw this documentary and was blown away.  The amazing artists ("spiritual warriors") Jodorowsky was able to gather for this ambitious mission is astounding.  The grandest sci-fi picture that was never made.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Currently reading:

Break it Down by Lydia Davis
Life of Dante by Giovanni Boccaccio
Selected Poems by Robert Desnos
Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream by Kim Hyesoon

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SHS Visit

My visit to Southwest High School in El Centro last Friday was amazing.  The students were alive and full of fantastic questions.  Seeing former colleagues was great, too.  The love and support were certainly in the rooms I visited.  Thanks so much!  The Southwest High School Theater is beautiful!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On My Way to Visit Southwest High School

Headed to El Centro to see family and friends and present/read at Southwest High School tomorrow morning.  I'm excited and nervous as always, but I'm sure it'll be fun.  One must just be a BELIEVER in situations like these!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

San Antonio's New Poet Laureate

A heartfelt abrazo to Laurie Ann Guerrero who will be sworn in as San Antonio's new Poet Laureate in April.  Congratulations!

I finally got my hands on a trumpet.  One I can call my very own.  Been practicing scales, trying to strengthen the lips.  I've been adding accompaniment to my favorite songs by Elvis Depressedly, such as this one and this one and this one.  Or the lullaby I sing to my wife before we go to sleep.

Just finished watching Guy Maddin's Brand Upon the Brain.  I had to watch it in segments--it's a visual assault in a good way--and eventually got through it.  I wish I could've experienced the film at the theater with the live orchestra and the live narrations.  The film was fantastic, though I prefer The Saddest Music in the World.  

I can't wait for Friday.  I will be visiting my old school, the school I used to teach at, that is, called Southwest High School in El Centro.  I'll be doing a presentation and reading.  It's been several years since I've been back, and it will be great to see old friends, and of course, the current students.