Nocturnal Daylight Dream Time

I sat up all night last night 

pen in hand responding

to the wind rap rap rap

rose bush rub tune rub 

against window whip

snap a slide along

branches of 2 young 

Cottonwood trees I

have raised since they 

stood a foot tall now reach

101 feet beyond breath

of Pachamama Herself

 

I saw understood how beautiful

she moves in crescendo fashion at play 

smooooth Ehecatl wind rush along

pedestal green leaved branches 

brush one another thinking yea brother

thanks for saving us from the landlords 

narrow minded electric power saw 

mentality arms open wide night flow 

offering sacred tobacco smoke  

sagebrush-burn cedar red tattoo 

cornmeal true I close my eyes see

everything on approaching daylight

 

the city sleeps cannot will not abandon 

the truth about themself Earth Mother 

reaps a loving sunrise embrace She writes 

the book about Herself in one easy stroke….

 

                                                     Aztatl X

                                                        2017

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Observando al Observador at Brava Theatre in San Francisco (June 21st)

Observando al Observador

 

 

Observando al Observador

Brava presents the US premiere of
Observando al Observador, a documentary film by Malena Juanatey

Observando al Observador (Observing the Observer) tells the story of two US citizens, Olga Talamante and Patricia Erb, who were detained and tortured in Argentina during the country’s “Dirty War” of the 1970s and 1980s. The multi-faceted documentary delves into the personal narratives of Talamante and Erb as well as examines and analyzes the relationship between the United States and Argentina during the last military dictatorship. The film is narrated by first time director, Malena Juanatey, a young woman who came up in the aftermath of the dictatorship, when Argentina was returning to democracy. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Following the screening, join us for a panel discussion with filmmaker Malena Juanatey, along with Olga Talamante, the Executive Director of the Chicana/Latina Foundation, KPOO’s Chelis López, CARECEN SF Executive Director Lariza Dugan-Cuadra, and playwright and poet Marisela Treviño Orta.

Wednesday, June 21:
Reception – 6pm
Screening – 7pm
Panel Discussion – 8:30pm

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Little Mexico

Little Mexico

 

1.

 

way before

wild dog speech we the

cousins of Coyote and Wolf

canciones mariachi nortenas

might fade from sight 

dissolve in rear view mirror 

blue highway north recalling

 

los perdidas estrellas sueltas de

Bagley y West Grand Blvd day dreaming

Trinity Church Milagros we teen aged rowdies

Macaw slang Zapatista selva-tongued portion 

of the barrio Little Mexico tucked beneath

dark shadow tow of hollowed Michigan Steel

way-laid with the layoffs, rusted cranes impotent 

unionism Little Mexico 

random rap our rather loose

caboose on the run-away rails 

of life once upon a time in Detroit

 

do not disturb we be fresh out the steel furnace

chasing the golf star a caddy seeking the hole in one

we will never posses down the assembly line of life 

my glass medicine bottle a rattle drum beat

apparition expectation round dance union circle 

 

Tiananmen Square    Red Flag Commune bound

Anna Mae Aquash Leonard Peltier sacrifice zone

Little Mexico Dreams Deferred one into the other

 

vale mas !

Huey Sapp

broad pachuco grim reaper grin wanna be 

xikano ready to sin waiting propped against

the tavern door electric shock down our spine

away from strangers/witnesses ready made poetry slam – dunk !

giant Imperial Quart beer bottle held high stroking the midnight hour

an argument over a last corner-pocket call spontaneous combustion 

 

slam! ka-bam! down on the poor boyz head blood saliva fear

hunger revenge poverty racism indignities painting the bar room floor

a bright piñata splish splash split wide by #1 teenage hit minimalist 

                                        pain-ting 

without a warning Huey he be crazy white boy wanna-be Xikano

a todo madre swimming in plasma purple barrio Friday night 

life afterglow down-brown-proud Chicano fiendish smile

 

just saying….

 

  2.

 

black crow medicine spirit overhead

an unexpected confirmation

a shrill Caw!! – dacious

Caw!! good morning to ya’

I cannot stop now I chase 

eternity there in the eyes

of Creation Sun Father

just beyond the hill top

 

I wave       at his       passing       silhouette

 

I too seek my rose crowned dawn I shout at the

passing shadow mindful of calm fancy-fied eternity

viewed from eyes which have already seen too much

Crow eyes their dark piercing of the vagrant

silence now disappeared ‘neath the 

sudden curvature of white 

morning sanctified light

 

a random rant wrap rap up our rather loose

caboose talk tied down on the railroad tracks 

of life veterano of the Detroit insurrection 1967

late night drive to wet county Toledo, Ohio

for a case of beer to evaluate the situation….

 

                                                                Aztatl X

                                                                  2017

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“Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados” – September 19 – Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, Colorado

Neva Romero

 

“Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados”, is a documentary film about a 21-year-old University of Colorado undergraduate who was killed, along with two other Chicano activists, in a car bomb in May of 1974 at the Colorado Chautauqua. Forty-eight hours later another car bomb rocked the Boulder community, killing three more Chicano activists elsewhere in Boulder. The events of these two nights forever altered the Chicano Rights Movement and the questions surrounding their deaths have never been answered. No one was ever convicted. “Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados,” is the story of a group of committed young activists working toward social justice, and one young woman’s struggle to make a difference during a period of collective turmoil.

Director Nicole Esquibel will give an introduction as well conduct a talkback after the screening.

A portion of tonight’s proceeds will benefit the Neva Arlene Romero Scholarship Fund.

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War Path

War Path

for Gwen Ifill 

Emiliano Zapata 

Mohammed Ali

Che

 

1.

even though the loss –

oh the loss a random

sudden rap-up out loud

our rather loose caboose these days

accommodations on the railroad tracks

of a good long life our truth our thoughts

the value of our kindergarten lessons a hoax

 

my immigrant familia old Mexico Texas and beyond

the bracero program forward an Alamo height 

Texas with chili con carne trail mix of racism

our own self taught reality and training on

sugar beet   cherry   & cotton fields    

barrio beat streets of truth our 

deep goodnight sighs of relief 

fact and fiction rolled

into one breath  

Quetzal y Coatl

?donde esta?

 

Medicine Eagle’s Gathering

on the Arizona desert floor 

walking backward into the Kiva

a blessing of water homecoming

Water and Quetzal Parrot Feathers

come to compare and repair the notion

that Water is Life   Dakota Pipeline Access

 

although our parched chants may not be heard

the direction lost to caution and Ehecatl the Wind

or to the dismissal of our right to freedom of speech

and assembly Wounded Knee straight shooting AIM 

 

2.

I see you clearly brother and sister Crow

I hear your good morning hello 

caw !   caw !   caw !  were-in 

sleeps the rebel heart

Indigenous carnales

factory workers 

pachucos 

farm workers

all refugees alike

we built this country so 

today we need to boldly stand

 

where-at your picket signs and sighs

of heated confrontation let us 

allow the Sun shine brightly 

shape shift 

bear witness 

before the 

astonished forces

of colonialism

 

trust your

culture

excercise  

protective 

Nagual

Spirit

 

idle no more

 

if not now – when?

if not we – then who?

              ….recognize

 

                                              Aztatl X

                                                2017

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Used by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Used

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Illusions of Syria by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Illusions of Syria

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I Painted Myself Into A Corner Easy To Do These Days

I Painted Myself Into A Corner

Easy To Do These Days

 

While bumping up against the wall

                         up against the world

                         imbue warm richness

                         fresco shades

                         blue-sky clouds

                         circular motion

                         yellow Sun drift

 

no ASAP nor Stat !

Padre nuestro Sol

Madre Tierra natal

Hermanita Luna linda

 

people of cool color

primary color tribal

pigment dye chrome 

spectrum prime not

a transparent  !GRITO!

but alive!

gaudy 

creamy 

soft smile blush

 

Straight ‘Outa Patience !

 

She shouted at the base 

of contemporary University of Mississippi 

Black Lives Matter! she climbed 

the flag pole to remove Confederate Flag

 

Black Lives Matter! we intone

 

how now to describe the homeland indeed

I speak broken Mexican desert winds proclaim

many of our friends speak broken english/spanish

raised in el barrio raised with Carnales of every

shape and size-us Mexicans Indigenous strong

ground zero organized by the Detroit Brown Beret

                                                Young Lords

speakers at home

never in a rush

we speak slowly 

                clearly

                keep the beat 

                         the heart beat

 

3

My true family is the Rain

a bright sunshine day

the buzz flight of Hummingbird

warriors gathered in communion

 

I am not associated 

keep your fracking oil 

away from my soil

Water is Life

 

4.

everyone

stand your ground

men and women

contrary warriors

               skinny walkers

               shape changers

teachers of some type or other

                   keepers of the light

keeping ancient books alive safe from the colonization

 

5.

Little Mexico to the max pointy shoes

sharp points an anvil were the shit-kickers choice

walking barefoot on old abandoned tar tiled roof

stepping on nails bumble bees our projects pride

we were titled most post democratic posse

under suspicion most Xikano-like

                                   dark brown 

                                   brown red and white batos

                                           chicas patas

we prayed to the Virgen Maria at X-mas 

 

6.

faltan43  

kidnapped disappeared university students….

 

                                                                  Aztatl X

                                                                    2017 

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The Theoretical Theory of Relativity

The Theoretical Theory of Relativity

by Prof Al Einstein & Pro Aztatl X

 

! si podemos !  ! si podemos !

 

They are accustomed to label me “trouble maker”

it is partially so because the silence is deafening

the bigger part of the truth is the size of my heart

 

San Antonio Texas  (las labores 5 am to 5 pm)

Delano Califas  (las labores part 2)

Detroit Michigan  (XikanoBoriquaColectivo) 

Albuquerque New Mexico  (Indian Country)

the list goes on I am not easily frightened

hey now! why can’t we all just get a-long 

tall cool one Tres Equis Lone Star Review?

dawg, Forget the Alamo !  

 

2.

Coahuilteco Meztiso de Aztlan   Aguas!

Shape Shifting elder my contrary contemporary

art scrap book of life when I finally came around to it

chocolate Mexican Indian brown pelado ‘chuco ! 

 

t.v. awesome adventure commercials we

alone can decide what is awesome what is

mundane in true neo liberal surrender

in spiritual retardation before god learned 

how to use the smart phone instead I 

would pedal a bycicle down I-40 freeway

rush hour traffic afternoon delight 

 

or stock my apartment with two dogs or whisper

into my sweet hearts ear “get out now” I grew

 

to peddle my 3 person bicycle (2 peoples’ missing) 

slightly brain injured after the accident I practice

the Detroit Shuffle down Woodward & Mack

down Central and Louisiana free 

Mr. Clean get away ….

 

huffing and puffing 

’till death do us part

 

                                                          Aztatl X

                                                            2017

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Pigs Feeding Pigs by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Pigs Feeding Pigs

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