On April 2, 2014, Cypress Park Library hosted an empowering evening of spoken word with up-coming “writer, activist, and practitioner of the healing arts” Iris De Anda who introduced her newest collection of poetry entitled, Codeswitch: Fires from Mi Corazón.
Iris De Anda began the evening with a poem honoring “La más hardcore, divina y amada” muXer in our indigenous collective consciousness: Tonantzin.
De Anda’s “Tapestry for Tonantzin” was a poetic offering not only to “alleviate my sorrows” but to rekindle a spirit of resistance through our “suplicas” so that our “journey be full of illuminations.”
And for the rest of the evening, De Anda wove a tapestry of words reminding us of the need to spark our own fires within our corazón lest they disappear into history or to gentrification as De Anda made evidently clear in “Connecting the Dots…” which called us to “reclaim our truth.”
It was an evening of illumination and empowerment. De Anda’s words echoed throughout the night recalling Gloria Anzaldua’s inspirational words: “Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar. (Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks.)” Iris De Anda certainly demonstrated why she is one of the community’s most important voices in the Artivista scene bridging art with community activism as she writes.
Expect a full review of Codeswitch: Fires from Mi Corazón soon. If our initial readings are any indication, we highly suggest you get the book now!
Kudos to Cypress Park Library for continuing to host these commUNITY empowerment book and poetry readings. Cypress Park Library is a model of excellence in promoting literacy in our community.
Each One, Teach One!!!
Resistance Through Knowledge, one book at a time!!!