I’ve had ambivalent thoughts on any “heritage” month, mostly because I feel we should appreciate everyone’s heritage at every opportunity. On the other hand, by designating a ‘month’ there is a concentrated focus on a culture which does raise awareness of other heritages.
The photo above symbolizes the Aztec ( in the Nahuatl language) word for “Poetry” in xochitl in cuicatl which is a dual term meaning the flower (flor) and the song (canto). I read this book of 100 poems in college. That was my first introduction to poetry which resonated with my dual culture and language as a second generation American of Mexican descent.
So it is in the spirit of awareness, and increasing one’s knowledge of and appreciation for the written word, that I reblog this from Andrea Beltran, poet:
Today’s the last day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, but why let it stop there?
Lots of goodness over at The Poetry Foundation. There’s a sampler of Latin@ writers as well as links to articles, audio/video, and events in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Follow a new blog: Letras Latinas. They never let me down.
A poetry pairing at The New York Times features Alberto Rios’ poem “A Small Story about the Sky”
A poem by Eduardo C. Corral: “Cayucos“
Daniel Olivas (@olivasdan) shared this link to a recommended reading list by age group: Florida Department of Education’s Hispanic Heritage Month reading list
Julia Alvarez talks about writing, reading, and the power of women
In memory of José Montoya, a video of his reading “El Louie“
An appreciation for Oscar Hijuelos at The Los Angeles Times
I hope you enjoy these poems today and anytime of the year.