Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year

Have a happy new year! My wife and I are off to Vancouver for a few days. But don't worry one bit, our neighbor will be feeding our three Pit Bulls while we're away. For my friend Alex, I leave all of you with this wonderful song.

Friday, December 21, 2007


Eduardo Corral recently mentioned David Trinidad's new book The Late Show at lorcaloca. After reading the post, I quickly went out and bought the book. I enjoyed Trinidad's Plasticville, as well as many other poems I've read of his in anthologies and journals over the years. The Late Show is a moving collection, one I've carried around town over the last couple of weeks, dipping into it in grocery store lines, red lights, parks, restaurants. Read it, read it for yourself.

His poem "For Joe Brainard" made me return to Brainard's I remember, a book I used (excerpts) in a high school creative writing class a couple of years ago. I remember some of the stuff that came out that semester--incredible! One student from that class is now a poetry editor for Westwind at UCLA. Young Amy Sanchez, a dynamo we'll certainly be hearing a lot of in the future. Oh, and Betsy, whose marathon readings of Hamlet made me say "damn," is now a literature student at UCSD.

I remember another project we did that semester based on Juan Felipe Herrera and Artemio Rodriguez' "Loteria Cards and Fortune Poems--A Book of Lives." The artwork and poems were incredible! A great project I recommend to all. I hope to do it again this year.

My first day off, and here I am writing about my students.

Good health to all!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

You Say It's Your Birthday

"People look out of the holes in their eyes.
The eye itself is of the spirit.
Not to see, but seeing."

Happy B-day, Kenneth Patchen!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Andres Montoya Poetry Prize

From the Institute for Latino Studies

at the University of Notre Dame:

Letras Latinas,
the literary program
of the Institute for Latino Studies
at the University of Notre Dame,
is honored and pleased to announce

Martín Espada

as the final judge for the third edition
of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize.

To learn more about our distinguished judge
please visit:

Deadline: January 15, 2008

Please read our guidelines for more information.

Sunday, December 9, 2007


Lots of rain this weekend. My wife and I took a drive to Sunset Cliffs and watched the sun descend. This song came to mind as we watched the rainfall join the ocean. Also remembered Kerouac's "Useless! Useless!/heavy rain driving/into the sea"

Monday, December 3, 2007

My wife and I visited our El Centro this weekend and ate tamales, carne asada, frijoles, arroz and this.

Try these:

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And finally, the most authentic Mexican entree according to

FYI: Don't bother looking up bad words. I already tried.