Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"The Miracle of Water" (after Emoto)

The Miracle of Water

(after photos from The Miracle of Water by Masaru Emoto)

is a crystal.
The devil is a black hole.
Love will make you beautiful.
Hate is crystalline,
but it blocks you inside.
Affection is a snowflake
growing out of an arbor.
Rage and murder forms
a figure of an assassin
with his cock and bow.
Unhappiness is a word
which should be avoided.
Do it! makes a crater
in the heart, a volcano.
Let's do it harbors a peace
sign in the middle, is a bright
flower of fern leaf growing,
cuttings of lit evergreens.
Happiness is refined
and highly detailed, sharp,
in focus. The soul, in Japanese,
is created by combining
to speak with Evil Spirit.
(Evil Spirit is a toad-shaped
boot print in the mud,
a melanoma blotch.
The soul looks like friendship,
fleshy crystals circling
a black hole turned into portal.
Friend is a single star
of the same crystals,
a single point of light,
a platinum stamp for sealing
wax on the envelope.
Thanks to you is the perfect
reason for living, which tries
but is stunted, a hexagram
of melted snowflake
(a growing darkness forming
a hurricanes eye in the middle),
a target, a Tibetan mandala.
I'm sorry is thanks collapsed
in on itself, crumpled
around a jagged-mouthed void.
Peace of mind is a stable crystal,
is a woman beneath the roof
of her home, a leaf emerging,
a shaft going down to the core,
to the rich vein, simultaneously.
Self-love is more involved:
all hands raised in all directions,
is many-faceted, many paths
full of energy, each one
tending its own forest.
Spousal love is twinned,
one nestled within the other's
peace of mind, one
protecting the other, six
spokes aligned in the overlap.
Family love is an outward
spiral, three layers of water
building, bee-like, from
a single source.
Neighborly love is shining harmony,
is a kaleidoscope of trace
and chance, an endless play.
Love of country is the pentagon
inside a hexagram inside the swords
of fleur d' lis, a single crown
off to the right; all inside a giant planet
(the sun?) with a sawed-off handle.
The love for humanity is a beautiful
formation, an engagement ring
with an arena in the center.

A Buddhist sutra will
get you an Indian yarn painting,
a God's Eye of light, the pegs
it's strung on, the shape
of a woman's legs, as if all
is hooked by birth. It's all there.
The circle and the infinite
form, the weave and the blocking:
will turn tap water
back into snowflakes,
both crystal and web.

Love and gratitude
will get you back,
back from bacterial mold,
back from water left sitting
in front a television, away
from the ringworm watermark
in front of a constant computer,
the bombed out petri dish
look of the microwaved drop.

Love and gratitude will grow
you from the unforma
of your cell, will create
something from the womb
of possibility, a fetus
under the sonar of your voice.

A new being, a new light shed'
A new thirst and the incessant quenching.


I love you. I thank you.
I wish you harmony and happiness.
May you find your peace of mind.

Lorna Dee Cervantes

I'll be returning to this with the photos these were written from; almost like the poetry of water. Things speak to us. We should at least have the manners to speak back.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Where In the World Is Lorna? UC Berkeley TONIGHT, 4/24 & Stanford SATURDAY, 8pm, Casa Zapata & MONDAY Class, Reading & Workshop

3rd Annual Noche de Flor y Canto
come for the legendary poets, stay to hear new legendary poets in the making...

Friday, April 24, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Maude Fife Room, 3rd floor of Wheeler Hall
Berkeley, CA

This year, our Noche de Flor y Canto (Night of Flower and Song) will feature:

Opening Songs by ALL NATIONS DRUM

Poet Laurete of Aztlan ALURISTA

Legendary Xicana poet LORNA DEE CERVANTES

our own Robert "Bob" Reyes

possible appearance by YOSIMAR REYES

a special performance by


and many, many more...

This year's event is especially significant because we will also be honoring our fallen brother, Alfred Arteaga.** To commemorate Alfred and his generosity as a friend and mentor in helping establish Flor y Canto and the Xicano Working Group, we will name our undergraduate poetry contest in his honor: The Alfred Arteaga Poetry Prize. This award will be granted to an undergraduate poet whose writing reflects the beauty and strength of Chicana/o culture.

**Alfred Arteaga (1950-2008 y PRESENTE) was a poet and professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. His books include Chicano Poetics, Cantos, House with the Blue Bed, and Frozen Accident. He was awarded the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Alfred offered an unconditional friendship and mentorship to XWG and its members. As a humble gesture to honor him, our organization has unanimously decided to name our annual florycanto poetry prize after him. Te queremos Alfred.

***Brought to you by the Ethnic Studies 5th Account, The Graduate Assembly, the departments of English and Chicano/Latino Studies, the Center for Race and Gender and The Townsend Center.

The Xican@ Culture Working Group is for graduate students from all disciplines interested in engaging with Chicana/o cultural production (art, music, literature, film, dissertations, teatro, activism, and poetry)

*Encuentro Xican@ *


* Noche de Flor y Canto*
*Xican@ Love and the New Familia: * *Gender, Sexuality, and **Alliance***

* *

*University** of **California**, Berkeley · **Friday, April 24, 2009***

*9:30 - 5:00** Tilden Room, MLK Student Union (Encuentro)*

*5:45 - 6:45** Reception, 330 Wheeler Hall *

*7:00 - 10:00** Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler (Flor y Canto)*

Does La Raza love all its members –regardless of sexual
orientation—equally? Through dialogue and discussion the second annual
Encuentro Xican@ will explore tensions and alliances among queer, straight, male, female, and transgender Xican@s. How can alliance be redefined as familia, without the fetters of gender roles, with all its tensions and all its loves?

*2nd Annual Encuentro Xican@: Tilden Room; MLK Student Union*

10-10:45 Opening Keynote—Carla Trujillo

10:45-11:45 “Tonanztin & Spirituality” Workshop (Xinaxtli)

11:45-12:45 Performances by Luna Maia

& Fe from In Lak Ech & MDM


“Crossing Genders: Towards a Feminist Latinidad" Workshop

“Navigating Latinidad: Notions of Selfhood Before and Against The
Institution" (XWG)

Moderator: Jose Saldivar

Luis Ramirez (UC Davis) & Melissa Moreno (Woodland Community
College): "Power, Language, & Latino Young Adult Men in a Community
College Context"

Agustin Palacios (UCB): "Undoing the Coloniality of evolutionary
mestizaje OR this xicano has no love for Mestizofilia"

Javier Huerta (UCB): "In Praise of the Mouth": Oral Love in the
works of 3 Chicano Gay Poets"

“Coming out of Two Closets: At the Intersection of Immigration &
Sexuality” Workshop (YQUE & MALCS)

4:30-5:15 Closing Keynote—Yosimar Reyes

*3rd Annual FlorYCanto Wheeler Hall*
6:00-7:00 Reception (330 Wheeler)
7:00-10:00 FlorYCanto (Maude Fife Room; 315 Wheeler)

All Nations Drum

Lorna Dee Cervantes
Alfred Arteaga Poetry Prize winner: Cecilia Caballero
Big Dan (from BRWN BFLO)
Yosimar Reyes
Alfred Arteaga Poetry Prize honorable mentions: Edgar Mojica and Ana Cansina
Robert Reyes
Xamuel Banales & Dejarnia Cruz

Both events are free of charge. All are welcome.

Organized by UC Berkeley's Xican@ Culture Working Group (XWG), Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), Xinaxtli: the Seed that Grows, and Young Queers United for Empowerment (YQUE), with additional sponsorship by The Graduate Assembly, The Townsend Center, ES5th Account, The Center for Race and Gender, and the Departments of English, Chicano/Latino Studies, and Ethnic Studies.


Casa Zapata - Stanford University
Lorna Dee Cervantes
with Steve Cervantes, musician

Cherríe Moraga's class, Memorial Hall
6:30 - ? dinner & workshop, Casa Zapata

Come and get your own personalized love poem!

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

I gonna tell you how it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
I'm gonna love you night and day
Well you know my love is not fade away
Well you know my love is not fade away

And my love's bigger than a Cadillac
I try to show it and you're drivin' me back
Your love for me has got to be real
Before you to know just how I feel
Love is real not fade away
Well love that's real not fade away


I gonna tell you how it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
Love that lasts more than one day
Well love is love and not fade away
Well love is love and not fade away
Well love is love and not fade away


song by Bo Diddley
copyright by Buddy Holly & The Crickets, 1957

I've long been fascinated by this song: as performed by Bo Diddley who I'd heard play around the Bay Area way before I heard the Crickets. (But who can resist Mick's, uh, maracas? And that guitar from that guy before his body was taken over by aliens! But, mostly, that harp drive.) I've been thinking of it lately, it's influence. There's something really sexy about a male singing it. Provecho!

I'm off to People's Park 40th Anniversary!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Finish The Sentences Facebook Meme (just because)

Yes, I know I've been neglecting you. So I'll post this Facebook meme just because. Or, play with me over there, too. Can you say, "procrastination?"

Finish the sentences. Then re-post it as "Finish the sentences" when you're done!

1. I've come to realize that my last kiss... was too friggin' long ago.

2. I am listening to... the heater: rare silence in the Mission at 1am. Now a car revs by. I just finished listening to the Blues Biography Muddy Waters.

3. I talk.... when I feel like it.

4. I love.... I loved. I will love. (so what's it to ya?)

5. My best friends.... are persistent, very smart and very sensitive.

6. My first real kiss… has been on my mind since I'm writing about 14 year olds. Michael Naillon, where are you??

7. Love is.... "but a song we sing. Fear's the way we die."

8. Marriage is.... getting the State involved in your personal life.

9. Somewhere, someone is thinking.... "I have to pee."

10. I'll always remember.... so much I forget. (Ok.Ok. The day/night my son was born.)

11. The last time I really cried was because.... of love.

12. My cell phone.... is an anomaly. My friends think that pigs are going to fall out of the sky.

13. When I wake up in the morning.... I think about who I'd like to snuggle against...

14. Before I go to bed.... I brush my teeth. And then who knows, I like to be unpredictable.

15. Right now I am thinking about.... whether or not I'm revealing too much and the relationship between ekos and poesis simultaneously.

16. Babies are.... babies. Truthfully, I never paid too much attention to them until I had my own. I used to like Robin William's impression of a baby. I think of it often at odd moments and I smile.

17. I get on Myspace.... less frequently these days. I don't like the new format. It's too easy to fall into checking out all the neat bands and musicians. I get a lot of spam when I visit there. Here, too.

18. Today I.... thought about doing my taxes and went to get the forms. I wrote some notes for my never completed dissertation. I bragged about my new old bicycle. I went to hear a non-fiction talk/reading where I didn't know a soul.

19. Tomorrow I will be... procrastinating on my taxes. Probably. Maybe I'll paint my door. I will be tempted to ride my yellow bicycle if the wind stops. I might go to Berkeley. Or Santa Cruz. Whatever it is, I'll be sorry I didn't write it down, but not sorry I did whatever I did.

20. I really want to be.... a brain surgeon. (Not really. I really want to be the poster child for predilective labor.)

21. I am allergic to.... my poor sweet kitty back in Colorado, but I know I should eat better and stay away from wheat.

22. I am annoyed by.... people who step on me because they pretend I'm not there. Hey, it happens. Don't ask unless you want to talk suppositions of race, class and gender.

23. One food I refuse to eat is... fried liver and onions. (I've got a entire menu of 1984 style torture foods.)

24. The most recent thing I've learned is.... (hmm, hard one: what don't I already know? Lots. Problem is, what did I learn today as my grandma always told me I do? That I should have written it down. It had to do with the number of jobs lost since the end of 2001. Oh yes, I learned that hundreds of dolphins surrounded a Chinese ship in Somalia and kept them from pirates by leaping out of the water at once. The pirates went away. I learned that dolphins have learned the art of civil disobedience and are saying, "Basta ya!"

25. The number one thing on my bucket list is.... who knows? since I didn't see the movie. I don't really think of such things. I'm too much of an existentialist. Oh yes! Since a child: 1.) watch a condor in the wild in my native land; 2.) watch big-horned sheep in the wild (done); 3.) own a black (blue?) racer (snake) (hey, I was 8 years old with an ambition to become a herpetologist); 4.) Go to Ireland; 5.) ascend the heights of Macchu Picchu; 6.) become a man-of-letters (I'd say, done); 7.) Own my own land and let all the plants and animals do what they want on it (done, but not in the way I expected); 8.) write a novel (so close I don't want to jinx it); 9.) live the "good life" a la Aristotle; 10.) (ready for it? drum roll...) find true love. As I've aged, my list has reversed in order of importance.

26. Something I've always wanted to learn to do is.... Navaho weaving/speak my native language/play the banjo

27. I have a high tolerance for.... eccentric people.

28. I have a low tolerance for.... fascists/fascism

29. My wish... is none of your business.

30. One person I would happily make a fool out of myself if I ever saw in person.... Okay. This is supposed to be fast first answer. First thing that crossed my mind is "Michael Moore."

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Lorna Sells Love (Poems) at 24th St. Fair Today - Cesar Chavez Day Parade From Dolores Park, SF, 1-5 pm

Come visit me at the 24th Street Fair in The Mission, corner of 24th and Harrison, after the César Chávez Day March from Dolores Park at noon. El Poeta, José Montoya is the Grand Marshall. I'll be selling original personalized love poems for a collection I'm working on, 100 Love Poems to Strangers. Come and get your love!

Cesar E. Chavez
Holiday Parade & Festival 2009
Commemorate & Celebrate
the Life and Work of
Labor & Civil Rights Leader
Cesar E. Chavez
March 31, 1927 - April 23, 1993

Saturday, April 4, 2009

11 a.m. - Assemble for Parade
Dolores Park - 19th St. / Dolores

12 noon - Parade

Grand Marshal Jose Montoya
and the Royal Chicano Air Force

Danza Azteca Xitlalli

24th Street Fair
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
24th Street / Harrison-Bryant

Kids Arts & Crafts, Music, Entertainment
Community Service, Information,
Arts & Craft Booths

Classic Car Show
Featuring The Dukes - SF Finest

Music by Louie Romero Y Su Grupo

"Manzo" & Members of Malo

Native Elements

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Lorna Dee & Steve Cervantes at UC Berkeley Indigenous Peoples' Night of Resistance, 4/2, 7:45 pm

Thursday, April 2, PAULEY BALLROOM (Bancroft and Telegraph at UC BERKELEY)

Indigenous People’s Night of Resistance is a night to honor all people who walk with the earth to protect and defend it. Indigenous peoples from Africa, Asia, Native America, and the Pacific Islands are not of the past but continue to live with dignity and continue to hold a great responsibility in sharing the knowledge of our ancestors who resisted colonialism in order for us to be here today. We envision a world without borders and seek to unite all marginalized communities through the intellectual, cultural and spiritual resistance that runs in our veins. Through our music, dance, art and spoken word we will share our experiences in hopes of building a more inclusive world-view within this university and all social systems at large.



MCs (our very own xinaxtli guerilleras): Crissy Gallardo & Alison Dorantes-Garcia

opening prayer by:
Spirit Drum
Danza In Xochitl In Cuicatl

Performing Live:
Gaby Erandi Rico
Lorna Dee Cervantes
w/ Steve Cervantes
The Fullness
Ise Lyfe
& many more to be announced!!

Speakers representing:
Indigenous Premaculture Project
Indigenous Identity & Muxeres from El Salvador documentary

Dignidad Rebelde
Chiapas Support Committee
Inkza Crafts
Brown Berets
Henna & Art by Rachel-Anne
Art by David Tofella
SNAG Magazine
& many more!!

RAFFLE= tight prizes!! stay tuned for details

**t-shirts will be available for a small donation to complete the funding of this event, please be generous**

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