Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Po-Blogging On Houston's Reading/ Performance

Thanks, John! I just found this link to some words about my words spoken October 24 in Houston, UH, at the La Palabra poetry reading and simulcast on KPFT radio (scroll down to previous post for link to hear reading and the interview the previous tuesday, Oct. 17.) Thanks to John at Bad Texas for this "review." Yea, po-bloggers unite!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Lorna Dee Cervantes On KPFT RADIO @ Nuestra Palabra, U.H., 10/24 - Audio Archive Link

Click on the link to KPFT.org and follow the link to register, then click on link to "Audio Archives" and scroll down to Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 pm - Nuestra Palabra with Tony Diaz - to hear me on the radio. It's a good hour of poetry featuring "For My Ancestors Adobed In the Walls of the Santa Barbara Mission" with Chumash rattle, "Shelling the Pecans" with Mana on iPod, challenge poems from CafeCafe, a poem for the war dead, new love poems from my new manuscript of love poems, other poems from DRIVE: The First Quartet, and ending on a performance poem, "Bird Ave" from that collection. Then, scroll down to the previous tuesday show, Oct. 17 at 7:30 for an interview with me -- you can forward it to around 8:11. Enjoy. Provecho!

Remember Brad Will - Monday, Oct. 30 @ Mexican Consulates & Updates

Scroll down for updates on events in your town
(repost from Chiapas Media Project in Chicago - please post to everyone you know!)

Hello Everyone,

Lets get creative people, here is link to particpate in an electronic blockade of the Mexican Consulado and Embassy US and Canada!!!


Please take action, the violence in Oaxaca is impossible to color in the bulletin!!!
Ladies and Gentelman
Damas y Caballeros






WASHINGTON DC:Monday, Oct. 30: Demonstration at the
Mexican Embassy

Demonstration at the Mexican Embassy (1911
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC) on Monday, October 30, 5:00 PM


NYC: Mexican Consulate in New York City
27 E. 39th St between Park and Madison
Monday, October 30th 2006 at 9 am
Directions: 6 train to 33rd. 4, 5, or 6 to 42nd St. 7
Train to 5th Ave. B, D, F, or V to 42nd.
Bring Red Markers and wear a white tee shirt that can
be drawn on.

Please forward and re-post this URGENT call to action!

Call to Action Across the US Against Mexican

This is a call to action against mexican consulates
all over the country.

By a friend and companer@

October 28th, 2006 - This is a call to action to
remember Brad, show solidarity with the teachers and
protesters of Oaxaca, and attempt to interrupt the
invasion of Oaxaca that Fox is beginning.

On Friday, October 27th, as many who are reading this
probably already know, an amazing companero,
journalist, anarchist, freedom fighter, earth firster,
musician, and human being was shot down and killed in
cold blood, along with three other companeros, by
officials employed by the Mexican Government. His name
was Bradley Will, and he was shot at the barricades of
Santa Lucia, in Oaxaca, Mexico, as an indymedia
reporter telling the story of the amazing resistance
of people of Oaxaca. For over five months residents
have occupied the streets in an attempt to oust the
corrupt, brutal governor Ruiz, and achieve the
dignity, freedom, and autonomy initially sought after
by the teacher’s strike which was so brutally
repressed by that same governor.

While it is not yet clear which segment of the Mexican
government is responsible, it is clear from the many
photos taken during the shooting that the chief of
police, another policeman, and important members of
PRI party which supports Ruiz were involved.

To add insult to injury, President Fox is now using
the tragedy of these deaths as an excuse to bring in
federal forces, to restore “lawfulness.” We can only
assume, given the student massacre of ’68, the history
of repression of the Zapatistas by Fox’s military, his
recent threats to invade Oaxaca, and the fact that his
own government is instigated in the murders, that Fox
means to repress the rebellion.

Days before we US residents may have been watching
Oaxaca, waiting to “see what happens.” No longer shall
we wait. We are now a part of this unfolding history.
If the Mexican Army invades Oaxaca, it will be with
the financial and military support of the US
government. We can not let this happen.

On Monday morning, October 30th, Mexican consulates
around the US will attempt to open their doors, to
continue business as usual. But they will not succeed
in doing so, because we will be there to stop them. At
every embassy, at every consulate, we will be there,
to remember Brad, to support the teacher’s strike, to
fight alongside Oaxacans in their struggle for
self-determination and autonomy from the corrupt
Mexican government. This call to action against
consulates is in line with what companeros from the
APPO have already called for earlier this week before
this shooting.

We already know of many groups who are planning for
Monday, and every day following if necessary. Please
spread this call to action as wide as possible. Spread
the word: to activists, teachers, students, earth
firsters, latino social services centers, places where
day laborers gather, anti-racist action groups, food
not bombs chapters, peace and justice organizations,
Zapatista solidarity groups, anarchist people of color
chapters, people you work with, your neighbors. Copy
and paste this the whole world wide, and do so
quickly. And please translate a version of this to
Spanish as well, and spread it around!

A directory of all the locations of all the Mexican
consulates in the US and Canada can be found at:


In memory of my friend, who I know will be with us in

a friend and companero of Brad, who is sad, angry, and

source: http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/10/77827.html


and this from Aztlan Underground, a MySpace buddy in Los Angeles about events there:

If you havent read our blog about DF please do to get an insight, if your not already aware, regarding Oaxaca.

The pueblo de Oaxaca really need our support right now!! If you live in LA here are some events...

Actions in the Week of October 29th

Action at the Mexican Consulate Today Sunday -at 6pm -- Mexican consulate is on 6th St. and Park View -- support the liberation struggle in Oaxaca being waged by the APPO (Asemblea Popular de Pueblos de Oaxaca / Popular Assembly of the People in Oaxaca) and Seccion 22 Teacher's Union -- Stop the Repression!

Monday 12 pm -- Press Conference -- APPO LA in front of the Mexican Consulate -- 6th St and Park View - Pico Union

Wednesday at 6pm - Action at the Mexican Consulate - Stop the Repression - Support the Liberation of Oaxaca -- Ulises ya Cayo - Ulises out of Oaxaca
6th and Park View

Thursday Nov 1st
Planton - Encampment/Sit In in front of the Mexican Consulate - Dia De Los Muertos -- Stop the Repression in Oaxaca - Ulises Fuera de Oaxaca/ Ulises Out of Oaxaca
6th and Park View

from Houston:

**Please Forward Widely**

Hey everyone,

Odds are by now many have heard about the murder of Brad Will, NYC Indymedia reporter by government supported paramilitaries in Oaxaca Mexico. President Foxhas used this as an excuse to send thousands of Federal Police and Army officers into Oaxaca to take the city back from the Peoples Popular Assemblies of Oaxaca, a coalition of radical, progressive and community groups that came together following the teachers strike this summer and have controled Oaxaca for the last handfull of months.

I want to let you all know about actions being taken here in Houston and provide some resources that may be usefull in understanding this situation.

Grupo MAIZ has called for a planton (an encampment) in front of the Mexican Consulate in Houston located at 4507 San Jacinto Street Just South of Wheeler. A planton is a very traditional form of protest in latin america where people essentially camp in a public location in the center of town and push for change. People will be getting there at 8am and will be there late into the night. If you can come by for anywhere from fifteen minutes to all day, please come by, bring food, chairs, board games, political liturature(prefurable that has nothing to do with politicians, they're why were in this mess), candles for the evening, whatever seems appropiate.

more info: http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2006/10/53753.php

If you cant make it to the consulate Mountain Rebel has put together an
Electronic Blockade of Mexican Embassy and Consulate Websites, so you can
support the struggle from your desktop computer:

Other Resources:
Check Houston Indymedia for the latest info on this and other struggles:


The New York City IndyMedia Center responds to the death of Brad Will:

Protest in other cities in the world:

Timeline of revolt in Oaxaca

Oaxaca Coverage from the fantastic Narco News:

El Enemigo Comun - A Oaxaca Solidarity page started by Austin IMC activists


Si Hablas Español/if you speak spanish:

Vientos Centro de Medios Libres

Mexico Indymedia:

Chiapas Indymedia:

I'll close with these word from Subcomandante Marcos, as he continues with the other campaign through Mexico:

We know that they killed at least one person. This person that they killed was from the alternative media that are here with us. He didn't work for the big television news companies and didn't receive pay. He is like the people who came here with us on the bus, who are carrying the voices of the people from below so that they would be known. Because we already know that the television news companies and newspapers only concern themselves with governmental affairs. And this person was a compañero of the Other Campaign. He also traveled various parts of the country with us, and he was with us when we were in Yucatán, taking photos and video of what was happening there. And they shot him and he died. It appears that there is another person dead. The government doesn't want to take responsibility for what happened. Now they tell us that all of the people of Oaxaca are mobilizing. They aren't afraid. They are mobilizing to take to the streets and protest this injustice. We are issuing a call to all of the Other Campaign at the national level and to compañeros and compañeras in other countries to unite and to demand justice for this dead compañero. We are making this call especially to all of the alternative media, and free media here in Mexico and in all the world.

12 arrested in NY Oct. 30:

This is not only about Mexica it's about all of us.....Do not fall into the thoughts of Divide and Conquer.....

Have faith in our people....

Do not turn against each other....

Love One another....Live in Harmony....in toyollotlazotla'huehuemexihco

Jail support is being held for our 12 comrades arrested at the Mexican Consulate this morning - PLEASE go to the 13th Precinct, located at 230 East 21st Street, between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

View pictures from this morning (http://www.stratecomm.net/~fritz/gallery/bradwill)

An estimated 200 demonstrators successfully shut down the Mexican Consulate in New York City this morning, in protest against the Mexican government's escalating violence against the Oaxacan people. Some of the 12 arrested during the peaceful protests were Madeline Nelson, Erin Siegal, Savitri, Chloe, Tim Doody, Eric M., Joan Roney, Tim Keating, Kevin Skvorak and Brandon Jourdan.

IMC videographer Brandon Jourdan was arrested as he peacefully lay down in the middle of 39th Street in front of the consulate and blocked traffic. Brandon, along with a few others, was dressed in a white shirt with a fake blood stain on his stomach, visually depicting the tragic death of Brad Will. Another man was then arrested for displaying a banner from a light post that he had scaled directly outside of the consulate.

IMC photographer Erin Siegal was arrested after she took pictures of our comrade who was arrested for a banner drop. The police told her to get back on the sidewalk when she was just off the curb to take the pictures, an officer told her that she was being "disruptive," and when her back was turn about four cops violently grabbed her. Additionally, three people chained themselves to the consulate doors - two people in the front, one in the back. A woman appeared to have some blood on her face, most likely due to police violence. One person was successfully unarrested as well.

As more and more people gathered, police continued to divide demonstrators on opposite sides of the street, block people in, but no further arrests were made yet.

Please, if you cannot make it to NYC or to another demonstration today, partipate in the Electronic Blockade against Mexican Embassy and Consulate Websites (http://www.mountainrebel.net/oaxaca)

This is a virtual response to a call to action to remember Brad and all the companer@s killed in the popular struggle to oust the bloody tyrant Ulises Ruiz, to show solidarity with the teachers and protesters of Oaxaca, and to attempt to interrupt the invasion of Oaxaca that Mexican President Vicente Fox is beginning. join this electronic blockade of the websites for all of the Mexican embassies and consulates in the United States and Canada.

For more info & updates:
NYC Indymedia (http://nyc.indymedia.org)
Narco News (http://narconews.com)

Nov. 3 - DENVER
Dia de los Muertos Convergence for Oaxaca
Body: Dia de los Muertos
Convergence for Oaxaca

November 3, 2006, 6:30pm
Denver Newspaper Agency
101 West Colfax

For five months, the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Mexico has been shaken with rebellion. What began as a teacher’s strike has progressed into a movement of the poor, indigenous and otherwise outcast members of Mexican society rising up against oppression. This is not a sudden upheaval, but a part of a revolution that has been 500 years in the making.

The Mexican government and pro-government paramilitaries have responded with massive violence that has resulted in the deaths of at least eight people, one of which was New York IndyMedia journalist Bradley Roland Will.

This Denver convergence gathers to:

• Oppose the use of state-sponsored violence in Oaxaca, Mexico
• Stand in solidarity with the people’s movements of Mexico resisting globalization and repressive governments such as the Popular Assembly of the Oaxacan People and the Zapatistas of Chiapas
• Support the demand of Reporters Without Borders and NYC IndyMedia for a full and complete investigation by Mexican authorities into Oaxaca State Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz's continued use of plain-clothed municipal police as a political paramilitary force.
• Renew the spirit of independent media in Colorado

The Denver community will hold a vigil and meeting outside of the Denver Newspaper Agency to further demand comprehensive media coverage of the situation in Oaxaca as well as an end to US Government’s role as an enabler for oppression across Mexico.

Please bring candles and other items to place on a solidarity art piece to Oaxaca, flags, your Dia de los Muertos attire and your energy to mobilize further!

For more info, contact lady_pirate@riseup.net

Sunday, October 29, 2006

LittleLoca Interlude While Lorna Dee Unpacks

I'm a LittleLoca fan. I miss California. This is a form of poetry. Deal with it (says my inner Loca)

She's right about The Crocodile Hunter. You know, eh?

To all you locas in Texas, here's a shoutout, and the latest LittleLoca

Take care of your kids, man.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Rigoberto Gonzalez, raulsalinas, Bobby Byrd, Yvette Benavidez & LDC @ Texas Book Festival Today - Austion Capitol Bldg., 3:30

Hola y'all! Here in humid Austin - where the air brings out the Africana in me. Come say hello or howdy today at 3:30 pm in the State Capitol building, E2. 012 (the extension) and buy books from me and fellow panelists/ readers: Austin poet raulsalinas, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Bobby Byrd and Yvette Benavidez. And visit me at the Wings Press booth (120)where I'll be signing and shaking hands, and probably laughing hardy (hearty). Did I say, I LOVE TEXAS! Especially Austin which suits my fella weirdness. I'll be hanging around the evenings festivities as well, at 9:30 in the Alamo Drafthouse with Chris Miller tonight. Other writers here include Gore Vidal ( a girlhood crush), Jeff Biggers and Texas' own Kinky Friedman. Friends and good books all around. Come support Texas literature and small presses everywhere.

Meanwhile, I'm feeling, as usual, like the Rodney Dangerfield of poetry. I get no respect. Came in last night and helped my publisher, Bryce Milligan of Wings Press, the publisher of my last 5-volume book of poetry, DRIVE: The First Quartet, unload books. I love all things booky, especially all things independent pressy. Reminds me of the good old days of MANGO Publications when I was the first one to publish poems and chapbooks by Sandra Cisneros, Ray Gonzalez, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Alfred Arteaga, Alberto Rios and many others. I miss it. I miss working with my hands and heart. Well, after that, I went to check in to the Marriott where the other writers are staying, for my two-night stay, and they had no record of me. And all the organizers were at the $350 gala shindig. I had to go back to San Antonio, while trying to reach someone. Then, back around midnight, too late to shmooze with the others at the hotel bar. Bummer. The hotel wouldn't even let me in the door. I get no respect. Luckily, they found someone and booked my room. Meanwhile, my reading/panel is lumped together and labeled "Spanish program." Uh, me? Spanish? All in Soanish? Uh. no. I'm an English professor, thank you very much. And, that's no ESL. Oh well. Still, I'm glad to be lumped with who I'm lumped with. So, if you're in Texas, come on out to Austin and check out the tents on the Capitol lawn near 11th and Congress where the Wings Press Booth is at, and come to the Capitol Building and make us feel welcome -- and read. All things considered, it's a great Book Festival. Come and support authors and publishers. Ya me voy!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Lorna Dee Cervantes @ Nuestra Palabra, U. of Houston Tomorrow & Texas all week

Maybe I'll see you there? I hope so. (I LOVE TEXAS!) Y'all:

Lorna Dee Cervantes visits Houston
Nuestra Palabra Presents acclaimed Mexican American Poet

Tuesday, October 24, 7 pm – 8:30 pm @ the University of Houston Architecture Building Theatre. 4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004. Free Admission. Hosted by Nuestra Palabra Director Tony Diaz, the evening will include performances by young poets inspired by Lorna’s writings and work influenced by Day of the Dead. A reception and book signing will follow. The event will be broadcast live on 90.1 FM, KPFT, from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

“This is what it means to be a poet.” – Ana Castillo

“She taught us that poetry can change the world.” – Sandra Cisneros

“We are transfixed as she juggles rage, cruelties, passion.” – Joy Harjo

"Lorna Dee Cervantes knows the blood in the streets and the blood of the heart, the blood that spills and the blood that keeps us alive. Come and see." - Martín Espada

Directions to UH Architecture Building Theatre: Directions to this building from I-45 South (downtown): - exit Cullen, - turn right on Cullen. - turn left at 1st light, Elgin St., - turn right into UH Entrance 18, - the Architecture Building is straight ahead, - to park, turn right at stop sign, - turn right into parking lot 16B

Brought to you by: Texas Commission for the Arts * National Endowment for the Arts * Houston Arts Alliance * Houston Community College TV * HCC Central English Department * The Center for Mexican American Studies * KPFT 90.1 FM * MFAH

Other Texas performances & appearances:

Southwest Writers and Artists Festival
Oct. 24 - 26
Keynote reading: Oct. 26, 8 - 9 pm.
Texas A & M, College Station, TX

Texas Book Fair
Oct. 26-29
Reading & panel: Oct. 28, 3:30 - 4:30
Book signings at Wings Press booth

Friday, October 20, 2006

"To David Without Goliath From Penny Glass" - Lorna Dee's Odeo Audio Poem

I hope this works. Here's a recording of a long narrative poem I wrote a while ago. It's published in DRIVE: The First Quartet" in BIRD AVE. I really like it. But am really unsure about it on the page. I especially like reading it out loud but rarely get the chance to because it's so long. The recording runs a little over 8 minutes, like 8.04. If you can hear this, I'd like any and all feedback. You can also check out some other poems I have recorded and which aired on MiPo radio, along with me reading a few long ee cummings poems - just because I want to.

powered by ODEO

Try www.odeo.com/lornadeecervantes to hear more. Thanks!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Fotos From Alfred Arteaga's Website - Cantos del Corazon Heart Benefit & More

Alfred Aretaga

Just part of the crowd who turned out to support Alfred Arteaga and hear poets, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Naomi Quiñonez, Cherríe Moraga, Francisco Alarcon, Jean Vengua, Sharon Doubiago & Margo Ponce along with my musician brother, Steve Cervantes at The Cell Space in San Francisco on October 5th. The crowd formed a half circle of seating, so this is about half the audience who helped raise funds to pay for Alfred's experimental stem cell treatment which is repairing his heart in lieu of a transplant.

Lorna Dee, Naomi Quinonez, John

Me, Lorna Dee, & Naomi with her husband, the novelist, John talking after the benefit for Alfred Arteaga.

raulsalinas, Alfred Arteaga, Guillermo - Los Tres Poetas

Three generations of great Xicano poets: raulsalinas, Alfred Arteaga & Guillermo (?) on 10/14/06. Raulsalinas was reading and being honored by the American Studies Association Conference in Oakland. Raul was one of the first Xicano poets I found in the library -- along with Luis Omar Salinas. At 17, I read both at the same time, Raul's "Un Trip Through the Mindjail" and Omar's "Crazy Gypsy", one in each fist.

Lorna Dee Cervantes & Alfred Arteaga, Berkeley, Oct., '06

Alfred & me before speaking and reading for his creative writing & Major Chicano Authors students at UC Berkeley.

All fotos from Alfred Arteaga's website: www.alfredarteaga.com - click to see more.
You can donate to Alfred's experimental stem cell heart treatment here.

* You can still order signed copies of my brand new manuscript of new and selected love poems to benefit Alfred's new heart. If you're in the mood for 158 pages of love -- and unrequited love poems, uh, the bulk of them -- then this book's for you. Or, for your sweet heart this holiday season. Just backtrack me or write to me at PoetDee at mac (dot) com with your address or to get mine. Or, you can use my secure Amazon pay system at the bottom of the page - just send me an email with the amount, purpose and date sent. There's only a few copies left. Due to mailing and copying expenses, I'll be accepting all bids of $30 and up. For a mere $50 or more, you can also get a signed copy of my new book, 5 books in one, DRIVE: The First Quartet, a beautiful 320-page hard-bound first edition. The new manuscript includes mostly unpublished poems -- so get it on and get in on it. And help one of the best Xicano poets, critics, and teachers to keep keeping on.

[UPDATE: Click here to read a new poem and unpublished poem from the manuscript which I read at the benefit: "I Always Wanted to Be Neruda".]

Watch this space for more info about another upcoming benefit at La Peña in Berkeley for Alfred featuring a music and dance concert with Dr. Loco's Rocking Jalapeño Band and two other groups in December or late November.

So, dale gas. Donate now.

Of Fog and Flem

Woke up this morning in a wet blanket of fog. I thought it was just because I had overslept. But the fog wouldn't lift. It filled my nose and lungs, my head with air and popping sounds. I kept moving through it, high-stepping over it, trying to step out of it, cross through to the other side of wellness. But it wouldn't dress off, wouldn't wash off, wouldn't drink off, the sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet tea no substitute for the real thing. Much thought about what's real last night. I thought it was just that thought-fog keeping up with me. But no. It was real. It was penetrating and dulling my sinuses. Filling me up with something else besides my own petty self and this silly heart, something impenetrable and lasting for the moment it takes to fill me with this gritty crispness, a fragile skin of today, brittle and thin. Where I was merely melting, dissolving at the mouth and eyes and breath, today I'm dry, a sec sac of air, a full bladder of hot numbness in the brain.

I call in sick right before class. As the flu creeps in with little rat's feet.

"Unconscious Mutterings #193 On 10/19/06"

  1. Weeks :: of waiting for you.

  2. Cough :: and I'll wake up without you, a sweet

  3. Jail :: of fog and pillow kisses, the commensurate

  4. Produced :: in similitude and simulacrum.

  5. ? :: An empty question mark hangs in the darkness, stuck

  6. Stapler :: of a jammed up heart. Who will beat it

  7. Next :: ? Would something tell me, the shy

  8. Perky :: girl in the blue sweater? A lit

  9. Oxygen :: mask on a blue bed? What

  10. Musical :: in the world would we sing to, dance?

* Be there in the fog of your fancy - Do it subconsciously, sublimely subliminal.

"Unconscious Mutterings #192 On 10/19/06"

  1. Opinion :: of the ill-informed,

  2. Tardy :: and unforma.

  3. Peer pressure :: places you in there, the

  4. Grownup :: pen, the everafter.

  5. ! :: Be late in the leaving.

  6. Beer :: and Fritos, the fine liniments of

  7. Sit :: and stay. The staying.

  8. Shower :: off tomorrow in your

  9. Consummate :: sink, like a bird

  10. Wasting :: in the water, I slough off you.

* Wake to your own mind-wash and resist watering down with the Subliminal Luna Niña

Where In The World Is Lorna? Lorna Dee's Fall Calendar

Where In The World Is Lorna? Lorna Dee's Calendar

Rainbow Line

Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 7:00pm - 9 pm
University of Houston, main campus - La Palabra (hosted by Tony Diaz)
Houston, TX

Rainbow Line

Thursday, October 26, 8:00 pm
Featured Reader - Southwest Writers and Artists Festival
Book signings & appearances
October 25-26, Texas A & M Univ.
College Station, TX

Rainbow Line

Saturday, October 28, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Panel & Reading with Chicana/o & Latina/o writers
Book signings & appearances
October 27-29, Texas Book Festival
Austin, TX

Rainbow Line

Thursday, November 9, 2006
Purdue University
location TBA
?, Indiana

Rainbow Line

Saturday, November 11, 2006
Luis Cervantes: A Retrospective 1923-2005 - Reception, 4 - 8 pm
Exhibition November 11 (Veteran's Day) - November 29, 2006
SomArts Main Gallery
934 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA

Rainbow Line

TBA - December
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Panel on American Indian Poetry
Pittsburgh, PA

Rainbow Line

February - March - TBA
Panel on "Poetry Makes What Happen?"
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference
Atlanta, GA

Rainbow Line

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Jessica's MySpace Meme For Very Nosy People (i.e, writers)

Name: Lorna Doone
Birthday: Hiroshima Day
Birthplace: 19 & Valencia, Mission District, San Francisco
Current Location: far from home
Eye Color: brown-black
Hair Color: black
Height: 5'3"
Right Handed or Left Handed: right
Your Heritage: Purepacha/Chumash
The Shoes You Wore Today: black boots

Your Weakness: Meat (did I say love?)
Your Fears: any recreation that requires falling down (rock-climbing, surfing, sky-diving, skiing, mountain biking, skateboarding, etc.) (did I say love?); other than that I'm fearless.
Your Perfect Pizza: (I like it; It doesn't like me) (did I say love?) (otherwise: spinach, black olive, artichoke, mushroom & feta) (salami when no one's looking)
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year: (did I say love?) Get organized.
Your Most Overused Phrase: "I love you." (did I say that?)
Thoughts First Waking Up: I want sex (did I say that?)
Your Best Physical Feature: My sexuality.
Your Bedtime: whenever the heck I want
Your Most Missed Memory: I'm not sure I understand this question; if it's a memory how can it be missed? I miss all that will never be memory.

Pepsi or Coke: Chale!
MacDonalds or Burger King: Chale!
Single or Group Dates: I like Jessica's answer, so I'll steal it: I tend to either date someone for many years or not at all so this question doesn't apply to me. (did I say love?)

Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Chale! (It's the same corporation) Guayaki yerba mate tea or Pixie Yerba Mate drinks
Chocolate or Vanilla: depends upon who's wearing it
Cappuccino or Coffee: Chale!
Do you Smoke: Chale!
Do you Swear: I stopped for decades. Now, hanging with old friends it's all coming back to me. Like punctuation.

Do you Sing: Sure. Less so now that I don't ride my bike as much. And, less so now that I have my iPod. But I dance more. I've been known to sing at a reading -- I can't fathom that; must be some other gal.
Do you Shower Daily: no, I take daily power-baths
Have you Been in Love: (did I say love?)

Do you want to go to College: Sure, every day I get dressed to go profess at one.
Do you want to get Married: Nice work if you can get it -- if it's real (did I say love?)
Do you believe in yourself: yes
Do you get Motion Sickness: no
Do you think you are Attractive: no
Are you a Health Freak: sort of, but like everything I do, just casually

Do you get along with your Parents: "Did" Father, yes. Mother, no -- but then, she wasn't herself.
Do you like Thunderstorms: yes, until I started living on thunderstorm alley -- now I don't
Do you play an Instrument: Did, minimally and rudimentary: (by order of appearance) tuba, banjo, guitar, dulcimer, auto harp, flute
In the past month have you Smoked: Chale!
In the past month have you gone on a Date: not technically (Jessica's answer) (did I say love?)
In the past month have you gone to a Mall: no
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos: no

In the past month have you eaten Sushi: heck yeah
In the past month have you been on Stage: yup
In the past month have you been Dumped: uh yup
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping: no, but was hella tempted to on the rooftop pool at midnight by myself
In the past month have you Stolen Anything: Chale! (ethical through and through)
Ever been Drunk: once when I was seventeen, teachin' the white boys how to swig tequila -- and fluently bilingual
Ever been Beaten up: Heck no -- I BEAT 'EM BACK.
Ever Shoplifted: CHALE! (well...brief childhood spree with my best friend for Barbi clothes)

How do you want to Die: during an orgasm (did I say that?)
What do you want to be when you Grow Up: (did I say loved?)
What country would you most like to Visit: Mexico again and again; Guatemala, Brazil, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, The Isle of Mann, Chile, Peru, (the Heights of Macchu Picchu) (did I say love?) The country of my real content.
Number of Piercings: ears (one each) Jessica's answer (I don't like to mess with my symmetry)
Number of Tattoos: none (I don't like to mess with my symmetry)

* currently listening to Ricky Lee Jones, "It Must Be Love" (did I say love?)

P.S. This is what 200 pages of love poems, most of them unrequited, will do to you.

Extra Credit:

You Should Be A Poet

You craft words well, in creative and unexpected ways.
And you have a great talent for evoking beautiful imagery...
Or describing the most intense heartbreak ever.
You're already naturally a poet, even if you've never written a poem.

Your Aura is Blue

Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life.

You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships.

The purpose of your life: showing love to other people

Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah

Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

Your Inner Child Is Surprised

You see many things through the eyes of a child.
Meaning, you're rarely cynical or jaded.
You cherish all of the details in life.
Easily fascinated, you enjoy experiencing new things.

Your Heart Is Pink

In relationships, you like to play innocent - even though you aren't.
Each time you fall in love, it's like falling for the first time.

Your flirting style: Coy

Your lucky first date: Picnic in the park

Your dream lover: Is both caring and dominant

What you bring to relationships: Romance

Ok. Now I feel better.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Houston Calling - Lorna Dee On the Radio Right Now & in Texas Next Week

Oops, I forgot to mention that Tony Diaz will be interviewing me on the radio in Houston, the Pacifica station, in about fifteen minutes. It may be streamable, and they may have a clip up later. Sorry, no other info, but it shouldn't be too hard to find Chicano poets on the air in Houston.

I'll see you there tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7pm at the U of Houston main campus. Then, I'll be at Texas A & M for the Southwest Writers and Artists Festival where I'll be the featured reader on thursday night, Oct. 26. Then I'll be passing through San Antonio on my way up to Austin for the big Texas Book Festival.

Monday, October 16, 2006

"It's Just Not Happening"

It's Just Not Happening

A blanket over the bay today, a wet
rug of fluff, God's pillow picked
of cotton, what escapes in the rise;
desire, a palpable fog. Over you,
something between us and the sun,
some umbrella of longing, broke down
and spiky with words. I could hold
you, but imagination is no match
for this. Your lips, your sun choice kiss
would plunge me into this mass and
grace. There, in the gullet, where song
takes root, a silence, a taking back.

A heart banks between the rungs
of a water-bound bridge, this daily crossing
I have no fare for, this divot and
divide, this dive, and rise. All of me
aloft. Let down.

Come fly in the face of this delusion.
Double-book the moment. Fly back stand-by.
Stand by me. Linger. Taste. The passages
of a dream become you. Become me. Before
it's gone.


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Lorna Dee Cervantes @ Indigenous Peoples Night of Resistance, UC Berkeley, 10/14, 6pm - 12 midnight - Pauley Ballroom

Indigenous Peoples Night of Resistance 10/14 UCB

Join me on saturday night, Oct. 14, at UC Berkeley, Pauley Ball Room at Bancroft & Telegraph at the Indigenous Peoples Night of Resistance where I'll be reading/ performing around 9:15. The night features Native Guns, Olmeca, War Club, El Vuh, The One Struggle Band, Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr., Brown Buffalo Project, international speakers and other surprise special guests.

Recognize. We're still here.

I'll also be at 398 Precita Avenue, my father's former home studio across from Precita Park, on saturday and sunday from 11-6pm as part of San Francisco's Open Studio event. Come check out my father's artwork along with the work of his wife, community arts activist and artist, Susan Kelk Cervantes, and come say hello. I may even read you a poem. You can read more about Susan's struggles to keep her home studio, zoned out of possibility, here. See you in the Bay Area! Maybe at the Chicano Expressions event at the DeYoung Museum tomorrow night beginning at 5 pm, featuring Spoken Word artist, Tomas Riley of Taco Shop Poets fame -- one of my favorite poets -- along with Grito Serpentino featuring Marc Pinate. And, more! See you there.

San Francisco Chronicle - May 2, 2005
  • Luis Cervantes -- Muralist Who Inspired Generations of Artists
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2006

    Home Is A Painted Memory

    "Home is a painted memory." - unattributed line on my tea bag wrapper in the faculty club at UC Berkeley

    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.

    Tuesday, October 03, 2006

    Francisco Alarcon Donates New Poetry Manuscript For Alfred Arteaga's Corazon Fund

    Francisco Alarcón is donating a new bilingual manuscript of poems titled CANTO HONDO / DEEP SONG which will be auctioned off at the benefit for Alfred Arteaga, Cantos del Corazón/ Songs of the Heart on thursday night at the CELL Space in San Francisco. [Scroll down for more info on the event featuring, along with Alfred, a few of the major figures in Xicana/o poetry such as Cherríe Moraga and Naomi Quiñonez.] I know you'll be jostling elbows with me for this manuscript -- knowing as I do this poet of Duende's connection to Lorca.

    I Am No Doubt Not the Only One. . .

    Monday, October 02, 2006

    Lorna Dee Cervantes Manuscript Net-Auction For Alfred Arteaga Heart Fund

    For the next 3 days I'll be accepting bids, starting at $25 for a signed rare copy of a brand new manuscript of poetry, a new and collected volume of love poems entitled "Una poca de gracia/ Bit of Grace" in first draft form -- with all of the proceeds going to Alfred Arteaga's heart treatment fund. Many of these poems are previously unpublished. Some of these are old favorites in a new setting. This is a rare manuscript in that it will, undoubtedly, be different by the time it's published. For example, I have a copy of the first draft of one of my teacher's books which is way different from the final published book in a way that's really interesting. I'm glad I have it. It's one of a few copies.

    Anyway, I thought that maybe some people might like to have this collection (it would make a nice holiday gift) and give the gift of life, specifically life-saving new stem-cell heart treatments to Alfred Arteaga, an incredible poet, educator, critical theorist and all around great guy. I know many people would like to attend the benefit reading for Alfred at the Cell Space in San Francisco this thursday, Oct. 5th at 7:30 pm with Alfred, Francisco Alarcón, Cherríe Moraga, Naomi Quiñonez, Jean Vengua, Margo Ponce, and me, Lorna Dee, where I'll be auctioning off a few copies of the manuscript. And maybe others have wanted to donate but can't afford to donate that much. Well, buy a book for you and your significant other and help out a good poet and a good friend to good poetry. [Scroll down for more information about Alfred and the benefit, one of a series of benefits held under the title "Cantos del Corazon/ Songs of the Heart", or click here..]

    Just drop me a line at PoetDee at mac (you know what) com and let me know you're interested. You can use my Amazon secure pay system button at the bottom of the blog or just send direct to Alfred Arteaga with an email sent to me with the particulars and a mailing address for the manuscript. I'll be accepting bids until thursday, and maybe beyond that date.

    Here's a poem from the manuscript:

    Summer Day

    Whoever has no house now, will never have one.
    Whoever is alone will stay alone."

    -- R. M. Rilke

    The huge press of shadows
    goes free, wind in the heavy
    wine, a restless command
    of fulfillment. I read, wander
    up and down the sweetness of your
    house: dry leaves blowing, a long
    letter I will never have.

    Lorna Dee Cervantes

    Alfred Arteaga, Cherrie Moraga, Naomi Quinonez, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Jean Vengua, Francisco Alarcon - SF, 10/5, Cell Space, 7pm

    [Scroll for latest posts] [Update: Francisco Alarcón & Margo Ponce!]
    Alfred Arteaga & Lorna Dee Cervantes
    Alfred & Lorna at the Intersection
    Rainbow Line
    Cantos del Corazon/Songs of the Heart

    September 19, 2006

    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 to 11 p.m. at Cell Space in San Francisco. 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).

    Among the poets participating will be Lorna Dee Cervantes and Naomi Quiñonez. A nationally and internationally celebrated poet, Lorna Dee Cervantes has received many awards including the American Book Award and the Lila Wallace - Readers Digest Award for her politically and spiritually evocative work. She has written several collections of poetry including Emplumada (1981), From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger (1991) and her most recent book Drive: The First Quartet (2006). In addition to her first-rate poetry, Cervantes incorporates performance into her exciting and charged deliveries. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado Boulder.

    Chicana poet and educator, Naomi Quiñonez will read from her upcoming book Exiled Moon (2006) a collection of poetry that examines race, class and sexism on the borderlands. Rooted in the social change movement, her poetry excavates a historical landscape of inequality, resistance and transcendence. Quiñonez is also the author of The Smoking Mirror (1998) and Sueño de Colibri/Hummingbird Dream (1986). She received the American book award for editing Invocation L.A.: Urban Multicultural Poetry (1990) and currently teaches in Raza Studies at San Francisco State University.

    There will be a number of surprise guests appearing to support Arteaga, and Lorna Dee Cervantes will auction an original manuscript that will be on view during the event. 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.
    Rainbow Line

    Alfred Arteaga, Francisco Alarcon 3/05

    Francisco X. Alarcón, Chicano poet and educator, was born in 1954 and lived the first six years of his life in Wilmington, California. As a child, he also lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, and ever since he was eighteen years old he has been living in California. He is the author of ten volumes of poetry, including, From the Other Side of Night / Del otro lado de la noche: New and Selected Poems (University of Arizona Press 2002), Sonetos a la locura y otras penas / Sonnets to Madness and Other Misfortunes (Creative Arts Book Company 2001), No Golden Gate for Us (Pennywhistle Press 1993), Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation (Chronicle Books 1992), De amor oscuro / Of Dark Love (Moving Parts Press 1991, and 2001), Body in Flames / Cuerpo en llamas (Chronicle Books l990).

    His most recent book of bilingual poetry for children titled, Poems to Dream Together / Poemas para soñar juntos, was published by Lee & Low Books, New York in Spriung 2005. His previous bilingual books for children, Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera (Children's Book Press, 1997) was awarded the 1997 Pura Belpré Honor Award by the American Library Association and the National Parenting Publications Gold Medal. He also received the 2000 Pura Belpré Honor Award for his second book of bilingual poems for children, From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano (Children's Book Press 1998), and the 2002 Pura Belpré Honor Award for his most recent book of bilingual poems for children, Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems / Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno (Children's Book Press 2001). He has published another book for children, Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems / Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño (Children's Book Press 1999).

    He was member of the Board of Directors of the Mission Cultural Center of San Francisco from 1986-1990, and served as its Board President from 1986-1989. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Children Book Press from 1998 to 2003. This is a nonprofit press that has published multicultural books for children for more than 25 years in San Francisco, California.
    Francisco has been a recipient of the Danforth and Fulbright fellowships, and has been awarded several literary prizes, including the 1998 Carlos Pellicer-Robert Frost Poetry Honor Award by the Third Binational Border Poetry Contest, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, 1993 American Book Award, the 1993 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and the 1984 Chicano Literary Prize. In April 2002 he received the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (BABRA) in San Francisco. He was one of the three finalists nominated for the state poet laureate of California last year.

    He has published several textbooks for teaching Spanish at the college and high school level: Mundo 21 (Houghton Mifflin 2002), Pasaporte al Mundo 21 , Tu Mundo, and Nuestro Mundo (McDougal Littel 2000). He co-edited a volume of essays on teaching Spanish to heritage speakers, La enseñanza de español a hispanohablantes: praxis y teoría (Houghton Mifflin 1997).
    He did his undergraduate studies at California State University, Long Beach, and his graduate studies at Stanford University. He currently teaches at the University of California, Davis, where he directs the Spanish for Native Speakers Program.

    UPDATE: Confirmed: Cherríe Moraga, Jean Vengua and Margo Ponce!
    Music by Steve Cervantes, my brother, who also plays with Dr. Loco's Rocking Jalapeno Band and Javier Pacheco's new band -- so who knows who will show up. Come and see. Simón que sí

    See you in San Francisco, Oct. 5 with this man: Poet, Alfred Arteaga. Meanwhile, you can help out now by bidding on a copy of my new manuscript of new and collected love poems, Una poca de gracia/ Bit of Grace - a rare manuscript in that it's sure to be changed by the time of publication. Bids on signed copies of this first draft start at $25. That is, you can get a copy NOW for $25. All proceeds going to Alfred's corazon. I'll also be selling copies of my new book, DRIVE: The First Quartet at the event. Join us! Or, maybe you have a manuscript or some other art piece for the auction? All donations welcome. Go to Alfred's website for more information about his experimental stem cell treatments and how you can donate online.

    "Unconscious Mutterings #191 On 10/2/06"

    1. Taxes :: on the heart;

    2. Hooray :: for the hearty survivors, quaint

    3. Justification :: for a life of crime: the

    4. Shocking :: love, the treaty bust, bare

    5. Bureaucracy :: in the bed. No little

    6. Porn :: in the promise of the moment.

    7. Silly :: speech that does little to tell.

    8. DJ :: droning in the brain, the heart

    9. Swing :: paying and paying. One

    10. Anti- :: disestablishmentarist to go.

    * Hold your heart to it -- sign away on the virtual line of the mind.
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