Migrants all over the world are pushed and pulled across borders by hunger, terror and climate change. It happened to my own family.
My mother was a great storyteller and a great historian in her own way. She only made it to third grade. She came from Mexico City at the tail end of the Mexican Revolution and that kind of turmoil and chaos and frenzy and also excitement.
I remember looking at James Joyce’s journals. It was just amazing – it looked like ants had written on the page. So much writing on one page, every corner of the page was filled. Some of the lines were underlined in yellow or blue or red. A lot of color, intense writing.
A pen is different from the pad, the key, moving your fingers across a screen. I like both. I like to work on sketchbooks, big old white sketch paper. I like how that feels, and I like to put different media on it. Then there’s the phone, smartphone, iPad: It’s the new page, and it’s not the same page anymore.
Do not wait for a poem; a poem is too fast for you. Do not wait for the poem; run with the poem and then write the poem.
I want our young Latinos and Latinas to write their hearts out and express their hearts out and let us all listen to each other.
Poetry is a call to action, and it also is action.
I’m usually writing in English, and then I’ll get the hankering to change channels. And usually I’ll do that when I want to try a whole new set of keys, like musical keys.