poem

Delivered to graduating seniors and their families at Pomona College’s Class Day

It’s great to be here today
to recognize you all in this way
I want to be here fully in celebration
but I can’t without first naming some realizations
I offer these reflections
with all humility
in the lessons you’ve taught me, class of 2017
Please know, I didn’t set out to rhyme
that’s just how the words flowed this time
The severity of the issues remain
I just speak them with little academic refrain [Mas…]

tialencha300I say there are racists, or Marxists, or Russia-level fascists
An orange glo-worm that hashes and dashes.

“Hey Beaner,” said the weiner, “go back to Mexico!”
Three gueros in a car. I yell back at the guero,
“Oh yeah? Thas not bery far.”

And the white people say, there’s no racists, or Marxists,
Or Russia level fascists, no orange colored glo-worm
That hashes and dashes [Mas…]


Artist, photographer and activist Zoe Leonard wrote “I want a dyke for president” in 1992. Rapper Mykki Blanco delivered the word in this new video.

Here’s the text: [Mas…]

haikusvignetteDo you love tacos and the trucks that bring them to every corner?

Write a haiku to show your love!

The Japanese poetic form consists of 17 syllables, in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5.

Wikipedia:

The fundamental aesthetic quality of … haiku is that it is internally sufficient, independent of context, and will bear consideration as a complete work.

Here are a few for inspiration:

Pollo, carnitas
Different strokes for different folks
TACO USA

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BEER by Charles Bukowski from NERDO. [NSFW F-bomb.]


San Diego homie David Tomas Martinez read his poem The Only Mexican at the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series on April 25.

For the Vets: Anti-war poetry from WWI: ‘Dulce et decorum est’

by Barney Asada November 11, 2014 Cultura
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Today we observe Veterans Day, AKA Armistice Day, which marks the end of the first World War. Dulce et Decorum est was written by poet Wilfred Owen in 1917, and published posthumously in 1920. Owen served as a lieutenant in the conflict. The poem is known for its horrific imagery and condemnation of war. They don’t use poison […]

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José-Ariel Cuevas: Sweet Lady Añejo (poem)

by José-Ariel Cuevas September 8, 2014 Cultura
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I stare at my third tumbler full of tequila, looking at it like I did the other two, with reverence at this golden, earth-bound ambrosia, aged a year or more in old whiskey barrels…

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For the Vets: Anti-war poem from WWI: ‘Dulce et decorum est’

by Comic Saenz November 11, 2013 Cultura
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Today we observe Veterans Day, AKA Armistice Day, which marks the end of World War I. Dulce et Decorum est is a poem written by poet Wilfred Owen in 1917, during the War, and published posthumously in 1920. Owen’s poem is known for its horrific description of chemical warfare and condemnation of war. The Masters of […]

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Xochitl Julisa Bermejo: ‘Our Lady of the Water Gallons’ (video)

by Comic Saenz May 29, 2013 Cultura
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Xochitl Julisa Bermejo is a poet and teacher from Asuza, CA who volunteered with No More Deaths, a humanitarian organization providing water bottles in the Arizona desert where immigrants crossing from Mexico often die of exposure. She read her poem Our Lady of the Water Gallons at a Mental Cocido (Mental Stew) gathering of Latino […]

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The Story of Felix Navidad (Xmas Poesia)

by Victor Payan December 21, 2012 Cultura
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Not so long ago And not very far Lived a jolly young man With a lowrider car His name it was Felix Navidad was his name And he was known round the world So great was his fame He was just a man Just like you or like me He couldn’t fly through the air […]

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For the Veterans: Anti-war poem from WWI: ‘Dulce et decorum est’

by Comic Saenz November 12, 2012 El Now
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Today we observe Veterans Day, AKA Armistice Day, which marks the end of the first World War. Dulce et Decorum est is a poem written by poet Wilfred Owen in 1917, during the War, and published posthumously in 1920. Owen’s poem is known for its horrific imagery and condemnation of war. They don’t use poison gas […]

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Video Triple Feature! Cheech’s art + braceros + ‘Margarita’

by majiq el-real azzam March 10, 2012 Cultura
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Sabado Pochonte Triple Feature! Cheech Marin’s collection of “small Chicano paintings” lights up the documentary Chicanitas, the black and white history of braceros comes to life in Harvest of Loneliness and the classic poem by Ruben Dario shimmers in the wordless animated Margarita.

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Amerikkkan Stories hardcore poetry excerpt: ‘Soy Ilegal’

by Santino J. Rivera February 9, 2012 Cultura
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Since the beginning we, la raza odiada the hated race have been caught in the middle just as we are now between the fall of Tenochtitlan and the migrant farms that feed a nation in this modern day version of divide and conquer 1492 1942 2010 what’s the fucking difference? we are all just a […]

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