Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mylets

Who said multi-tasking was ineffective, inefficient or something like that?





If interested, you can find Mylets here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Will Alexander new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles

Will Alexander has been nominated Poet Laureate of Los Angeles.  How cool is that?

Here's a line from a new poem of mine called The Warriors:

"The warriors were too hip for war, so they stayed up all night drinking hot tea and reading books by Will Alexander"




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tarkovsky

Just finished Tarkovsky's Voyage in Time.  Wonderful documentary about the incredible director and his homie, screenwriter and poet, Tonino Guerra, and the making of their film Nostalghia.  Tarkovsky's views on art and cinema are always fascinating to me.  I'm going to pick up his Zerkalo today.

Monday, July 14, 2014


Just finished Tim Z. Hernandez' beautiful novel Manaña Means Heaven.  It's about the love affair between Jack Kerouac and Bea Franco, a relationship mentioned briefly in Kerouac's On the Road.   This novel masterfully mixes fiction and fact, due to Hernandez' years of prodigious research and interviews with Bea Franco and her family.  The novel explores farm labor in California's central valley, familial loyalty and dishonor, and the pursuit of self-preservation in the most dire of circumstances.  What I loved most is that the gargantuan scribe Kerouac mythology that we've all come to know is muted in this book.  As a matter of fact, Hernandez portrays him only on a few occasions scribbling in a notebook.  In other words, the story is about Bea Franco and her relentless spirit and passion.  I can honestly say that I was driven to tears at least twice while reading this book.  Grab it!

Other books I'm reading:
Federico Garcia Lorca: Impossible Theater
Stigmata: Escaping Texts by Helene Cixous
Selected Poems by Tomas Transtromer
Sermons and Homilies of the Christ of Elqui by Nicanor Parra
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Books I want to read:
Give It to Me by Ana Castillo
from unincorporated territory [guma'] by Craig Santos Perez
Angels of the Americlypse, ed. Carmen Gimenez Smith and John Chavez

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

El Salvador

We just got back from El Salvador. Bishop Romero's tomb, the coast, and the busy streets of San Salvador.  We intended to visit Santa Marta but fell short.  M visited an elementary school just outside of La Libertad and was taken by the experience. We also met a super cool artist named Fernando Jule.  He calls his style "industrial surrealism."  He's drawing a portrait of Lorca for me.  Really excited.  The Palacio Nacional had a room devoted to the authors who have won the Cervantes Prize.  Several beautiful portraits alongside excerpts, biographies and analysis.  The Alberti portrait is just one from the group that I snapped.  Many thanks to our hosts, Julio and Jill!