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Monday, October 25, 2010

Group Presentation Questions from Fire and Ink


Chicano Perspective Group Presentation
Click the above link to find your questions for each group presentation. These are student generated questions. I think you did a great job!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Circumnavigator






Circumnavigator

When we showed our scars
you  always won.
My brother never killed himself.

Never dressed up like a mosquito,
and jumped from a car
to prove he could fly.

My father never cheated
on my mother--
and she is no saint.

We never found a pile
of nude photos, neighborhood women,
your best friend’s sister.

My father never hid his Playboys--
still keeps them in the trashcan
next to the toilet.

I never kept a vortex of icons.
Never had to escape my Catholic youth,
or feel guilty about sex.

Your self-portrait still
hangs over my bar. Tornado face--
eyes whip feet, 
penis in the foreground.

Now, a thousand years later,
a picture of you--
fragile as a mosquito’s wing--

holding out skinny arms.
Your face a storm
I circumnavigate.


Photography by Stewart Ferebee