A Leap Forward in San Franciso
Mission Cultural Center, Leap Day: 2012: honoring poets and cultural activists, Piri Thomas and Daniel del Solar, who passed away.
Jason Wallach, of the Mission Cultural Center read the World Poetry Movement Call and welcomed the audience. Jennie Rodriquez, executive director presented a framed silkscreen portrait of Piri by Adrian Arias and the Mission Grafica staff to Suzie Dodd Thomas, Piri's widow, and read a Pedro Pietri poem that was a favorite of Piri Thomas.
Jack Hirschman opened the poetry presentations with a powerful, explosive arcane against the filthy broken system we live under, with strong x-rated language.
Mary Rudge delivered an embracing blessing, establishing the spiritual space with her poem illuminations. Adrian Arias, incorporated two poems into a Performance Art, where he made a delicious 7-minute ceviche, one poem translated by an off-stage echo and explored sounds. Devorah Major read a strongly complex, beautiful poem about defining peace from an impossible dream to an achievable reality while fluidly remaining a hope.
Teen poet, Anais Azul announced a walkout at Berkeley High against education cuts and then performed her poems, in one in English, including singing and the other in Spanish with confidence and polish. Jorge Argueta also read in two languages, using his own translation in a topical, angry, and compassionate poem for the 400 Honduran prisoners who burned in a fire just two weeks ago. Mamacoatl sliding from English to Spanish, blasted the makers of the Gregorian calendars and destroyers of the earth-based Indigenous sense of time with their invention of the Leap Year. Avotcja's bilingual poem skillfully glided her rhythmic words in a belly-to-belly tango, going in and out of the two languages in the same poem. Singer, Musa del Sol, on tour from El Salvador added her dramatic songs.
I, Nina Serrano closed the evening with a poem to Daniel del Solar, graciously accompanied by accompanied by Camilo Landau on tres and Charlie Goeke on sax.
March 2nd, 2012