JFK ASSASSINATION, PANCHO VILLA PRAYERS AND AN HOMAGE TO POETS RAÚL SALINAS AND JOSÉ MONTOYA!
Hola mis peripatetic, pensativos y muy precocious Latinopians! Hey, this is Levi Romero week on Latinopia! Y quien es este vato Levi? Pues, just the most firme vato poet from New Mexico, check this out: he was named centenntial poet for the state of New Mexico 2012! Well, Levi visits us this week in two renditions. A long-time friend of legendary Chicano poets Raúl Salinas (1934-2008) and José Montoya (1932 -2013), he pens a poem homage to his two friends, “High School English.” Check out the irony in this one. And Latinopia caught up with Levi in 2012 when he read his poem “Pancho Villa’s Prayers” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You all remember this was the month when Tony Díaz led his Librotraficantes book caravan throughout the Southwest to bring banned books to the children of Tucson, Arizona. If you don’t know anything about this amazing campaign, check out the six Librotraficantes videos on the Latinopia Events page. Anyway, enjoy Levi’s cool poems.
And speaking of New Mexico, Don Felípe de Ortego y Gasca weighs in on his inimitable monthly blog, Bravo Road with Don Felípe. This month Don Felípe considers the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its impact on the Latino Community. Of course, your Tia Tenopia wasn’t even born when this tragic even took place but Don Felípe’s words makes you think about this with a new perspective. Leélo!
And our returning weekly bloggers Doña Angela Ortíz, Sergio Hernández and Lazaro De La Tierra return with their blogs. Angela has a new weekly photo, “Driving Hollywood Blvd,” Sergio opines on up-coming Thanksgiving Day but from a corporate America perspective (este vato!) and Lazaro continues to discover the twists and turns of life as a Chicano Zombie in East Los Angeles.
Check it all out on Latinopia this week!