Monday, July 1, 2013

Liberation Poetry

I listened to an episode of Flashpoints last night, which airs on the Berkeley Pacifica station, KPFA, that consisted of poetry readings by young, radical Latinos involved in something called Librotraficante, which is fighting against states like Arizona and Texas that are trying to eliminate ethnic studies programs in public school and colleges. That's right. No Hispanic history, no Black history month, just "regular history." They are banning books right and left already, and Librotraficante has been been donating the banned books to school kids. (You can see a list of the banned books at their web site. There are books by New Mexican authors on it.)

Their poetry was some good stuff. Right out of these peoples' experience.

Jimmy Santiago Baca

 It included readings of some poetry written by New Mexican Jimmy Santiago Baca, who the young people said has been a great influence.

You can stream the episode here, or get the program's podcast in iTunes.


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