30 minutes, English and Spanish with English titles
Rick Tejada-Flores & Ed Kissam,
Four Chicano poets who teach in a California Poets in the Schools program are the focus of this 30 –minute documentary. We meet Juan Felipe Herrera (now California’s poet laureate), Roberto Bedoya, Rudy Castillo and Luz Maria Espinoza… see them as creators of magic words and inspiring figures to the next generation. They are there to start students on an exciting path: discovering the power and beauty of language.
Viento, vamos a volar Wind, let's fly
Poemas, vamos a rimar Poems, let's rhyme
Musica, vamos a cantar Music, let's sing
Nubes, vamos a llorar Clouds, let's cry
Espantos, vamos a gritar Ghosts, let's scream
Student from El Roble School,
Juan Felipe Herrera is California’s Poet Laureate and
a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside.
Make the riff jump the jazz ignite
The wheel burn the blade churn, rise
And rise sisters rise brothers
And spill the song and sing the blood that calls…
Juan Felipe Herrera
from Mission Street Manifesto
Luz Maria Espinoza teaches theatre, dance and poetry
in Santa Maria, California
Emptiness, loneliness, lie deep in my heart
Til I went to Miller park
Fast currents breathe in my mind
A poet once wrote a poem
About the river and your veins…
Luz Maria Espinoza
Rudy Castillo is a poet and chef living in Sonoma County.
The eyes belongd to a huge bull that roamed a watermelon patch
About half a mile from our house. “Walk slow,” whispered my brother.
I walked right up his back as he stopped to tell me not to show
I was afraid because the bull would smell it and charge us
I almost quit breathing I wanted so much not to be scared….
Go Chanting, Libre! is a production of KRCB TV.
Roberto Bedoya is a poet and arts administrator based in
Tucson, Arizona. His books include Points of Entry and Picas.
My language is between two sounds, between two hemispheres,
Producing a tension that rises with the heat of the valley,
And turns not into song, but a knot of questions lodged in my back.
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