Wednesday, October 04, 2006

That Silence You Read is the Sound of a Manuscript in the Making; And, See You in San Francisco, 10/5 & 10/14-15!


Dang, but I have a lot of love poems! (200 pages)

Thankfully, they all don't have the word "heart" in them.

My "Unconscious Mutterings" aren't all about love.

I'm best when I'm not thinking about it.

I can only see to shape it if I consider it a book without a referent. Yeah. That works.

I'm procrastinating because it makes me a little sad, too.

Now, you can get it, too, $25 will get you a signed photocopy of this new book of new and selected love poems, Una poca de gracia/ Bit of Grace, with all of the proceeds going to Alfred Arteaga's experimental heart treatment fund. You can also get a copy of my new book, DRIVE: The First Quartet along with other books by participants in the benefit -- and join the live bidding for a copy of the new unpublished manuscript as well as a new manuscript from Francisco Alarcon tomorrow night, Oct. 5th in San Francisco.

Cantos del Corazon/Songs of the Heart

An all-star lineup of poets of color will participate in a special fundraising event for poet and educator, Alfredo Arteaga. The reading, Cantos del Corazon/Songs of the Heart is one of several organized to assist Arteaga with medical costs needed for stem cell treatments as an alternative to a heart transplant. The event will take place on Thursday, October 5 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Cell Space in San Francisco (SoMA). Arteaga, who is a professor of Creative Writing and Ethnic Studies at Cal Berkeley is also a renown poet and has written several books including Cantos (1991), Red (2000), House with the Blue Bed (1997) and a recent collection, Frozen Accident (2006). Poets joining Alfred will be Lorna Dee Cervantes, Francisco Alarcon, Cherrie Moraga, Naomi Quinonez, Jean Vengua and Margo Ponce; music provided by Steve Cervantes from Dr. Loco's Rocking Jalapeno Band and from Broken English. There will be a number of surprise guests appearing to support Arteaga -- maybe you -- and Lorna Dee Cervantes will auction an original manuscript that will be on view during the event -- and maybe we'll auction off one of yours.

Cell Space is located at 2050 Bryant Street in the San Francisco SOMA district. Admission is $5.00 for students and $8-10 general. For more information please call (714) 401-4024 or (415) 681-0000.


Look for me, as well, in my city by the baying on October 14-15 where I'll be reading for my late father, Luis Cervantes's Open Studio on Precita Avenue across from Precita Park near Folsom and Cesar Chavez from 11-6 pm both days. Come on by. I may still be selling some copies of the manuscript for Alfred's heart fund. Bring your check book -- my father was never very interested in selling any of his art work while he was alive, you can get in on a rare event before his retrospective art show at SOMART in November. I'll be back and reading for the opening reception on November 11 along with my brother, Steve Cervantes. I hope to see you there.

Nos vemos.


Blogger Jessica Smith said...

i love love poems and usually find out that even i'm not trying to write "about" it, everything ends up having something to do with love. good luck with the arteaga fundraiser.

appropriately, the word verification is luzzt.

5/10/06 00:29  
Blogger Eduardo C. Corral said...

I wish I could be there. Please extend my hellos to Naomi.

5/10/06 14:01  
Blogger Ben Makinen said...

My love poems, when not set to music, rarely have the word "heart" in them either. They contain words like, "deceived, trampled, lying, brutal, self-centered", and of course, "...see ya later."

5/10/06 16:18  
Blogger Thivai Abhor said...

I would like to extend an invitation to bloggers to join in on a collective blogging section of our upcoming winter issue of Reconstruction. The issue is the “Theories/Practices of Blogging.” In addition to the special section of posts on blogging there will be about a dozen essays on blogging.

The deadline is October 20th.

Our intent in this section of the issue will be to collect a wide range of bloggers and link up to their statements in regards to why they blog (something many of us are asked) and any statement they have on the theories/practices of blogging.

If you already have a post on this you can feel free to use it, or, if you are interested, you can submit a new one.

We will link to each statement from the issue at our site, with the intent of creating a hyperlinked list of statements on blogging that can serve as an introduction to blogging (or an expansion of knowledge for those already blogging).

If you are interested please contact me at mdbento @

6/10/06 09:37  

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