Thursday, July 28, 2011

El Field.



El Field. is an upcoming documentary about the Imperial Valley/Mexicali region. Watch the trailer here.

Thanks to Matt Amar for sending me the link.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


It's been some time since I've read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I just finished chapter one this morning and the part when Stephen Dedalus gets smacked on his hands by this priest for not having his glasses still gets me. O, the injustice!

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The presentation and reading went well yesterday for the Upward Bound IV students. I had a good time. The students certainly showed passion, and I can't wait to hear about their future accomplishments.

One eerie note, I presented in the same classroom where I took a calculus class that kicked my ass so many years ago.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Don't Suck

I'm really excited to have the opportunity to present for a group of Upward Bound students at UCSD today. What makes it especially special is that they are from the Imperial Valley. 50 high school students spending several weeks of their summer to invest in themselves academically. You gotta love it. My presentation will consist of a reading and a few shared experiences from my days in the college classroom. I hope it goes over well. In times like these, I can't help but remember Gysee-Yo's sage advice to herself, which really is a two word life philosopy: "Don't suck." She mentioned this to an audience at the Tucson Poetry Festival last year. She's amazing!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Went to the bookstore yesterday with no title really in mind until I saw Michael Lally's It Takes One to Know One: Poetry and Prose and thought huh and bought it and while purchasing the collection I asked the young lady behind the cash register Yo, what in heavens are you listening to! it's rad somehow something new but old and she told me and I said wait wait let me write it down and she said ok and I wrote it and said have you heard of Ice Age have you heard of Chola Hair and she said no and I said check them out and I hurried home but first ducked into another store and bought some white sunglasses because my last pair suck and are broken because I am really bad with sunglasses and so I hurried home not really hurrying home because I don't like to drive fast I like to cruise you know so I busted through my door like Charles Bronson (not really) and downloaded the tune and now I play it for you I'm sure it's really old and I play it for the Canto Mundistas because they are all really cool, brilliant people as I wait for my wife to return from work to slow dance this tune in the middle of our living room before we drive up the coast while I tell her how much I like Benjamin Alire Sáenz's The Book of What Remains and how I wrote a poem about a snail and a poem about a skunk and hopefully the poems don't stink and if they do let them stink splendidly so so that when they are in the vicinity they are mistaken for none other than the skunk because no ideas but in things or something like that.

Thursday, July 14, 2011



Had the opportunity to see and hear HR last night. He and his band closed with the Bad Brains' "Re-Ignition." Controversial figure--yes. Artist--yes.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Return

Below are a few pics from CantoMundo. For more, you can visit Eduardo Corral's site. The whole experience was a blast. Austin was hot with latin@ poetry and deep platica this weekend! Here's to new friends, and in raúlrsalinas' words, here's to more "righteous gente work."

I hope to post more about CantoMundo in the future.