If you are going to be in the Bay Area do stop by for this concert. Raphael’s poetry is beautiful as is David’s music, the two together is a real treat. You can pick up Raphael’s book as well; Stings Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems.
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In times like these, art has the power to make us feel less alone
Christina Patterson – The Guardian – Saturday, November 26, 2016
“As a citizen of the world in 2016,” says DiDonato (American opera singer Joyce DiDonato) in the introduction to (her) concert programme, “at times I feel overwhelmed by the temptation to spiral down into the turmoil and pessimism that threatens to invade all corners of our lives”. But the creators of “great art”, she says, show us “both our brutal nature and our elevated humanity.” Art, she says, “unifies, transcends borders” and “is a valiant path to peace”. I don’t know if art can be a path to peace. I don’t know if it could end the war in Syria, or create jobs in the so-called rust belt of America, or fill a £122bn Brexit “black hole”. What I do know is this. When bad things happen in the world, or in our lives, that art can make us feel less alone. And I know that to create the kind of art that hits us at the deepest levels, you need to be a master of your craft. You need, you could say, to be an expert. You need to think that expertise is good.
Thank you for all your comments on the 5 minute documentary that serves as my book trailer, too. It seems to have touched many of you!
We would really appreciate your help to get this film into the world. So, please consider posting this link https://vimeo.com/184929769 on your FaceBook Page.
The documentary came into being thanks to Megan McFeely, who produced it and did the interviews. She has made her own compelling 40 minute documentary, As She Is, “ to reclaim, value, and live the feminine aspect of ourselves.” You will find more info on her site. With love, Raphael
Picked up somewhere on the net.
Truth is like poetry
and most people fucking hate poetry
This is an invitation to support Ashley Pinkerton and Poetic Matrix Press in publishing her new book Spiraling Forward. Check out her Indiegogo campaign page, see what she is about and contribute to help this project. Go to:
“Spiraling Forward will take the reader on a journey through the cycles of Life, as the dance of the sacred Spiral carries the reader to places of deep reflection, realization and discovery.”
Here is our table at The Bay Area Bookfair in Berkeley this past weekend (June 4 & 5). The weather was beautiful and I met many good people. Grace Grafton, Gail & Charles Entrekin came by as did Devon and Catherine. It was a good 2 days.
Gail recently won first place in the Women’s National Book Association awards for “Before Making Love” from The Art of Healing and was interviews on PBS Newshour. Read here.
The Art of Healing got a nice intro by Judy Woodruff.
Many folks came by all weekend to send blessings to Francisco.
We have been on the road for a few weeks. We went to the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Book Fair April 1 & 2 in Los Angeles, my daughter Kiirsti joined me and we met a lot of good people. Kim Shuck, Joe Milosch and Brandon Cesmat came by; Shadab Hashmi was on a panel and she stopped by to sign books. We had a poster and some videos of Francisco Alarcon reading from his book Borderless Butterflies/Mariposa sin fronteras. So many people came by who knew and loved Francisco; many old friends, ex-students of his and folks who heard about his passing. Really this was the highlight of the event, just knowing how much people cared for this amazing man.
I went from there to San Diego to visit family and my 2 grandsons Connor, turning 4, and Logan 9 months. Stayed with Tomas Gayton my dear friend, met up with Art Campbell, Joe Milosch, Brandon Cesmat; Jack, James and Ed, wonderful old friends and Chris Vannoy, master of Facebook and great poet. Listened to Jazz, ate good food, had good lattes at Rebecca’s Coffee House every morning, listened to some good poetry. All a good time.
Coming up in the SF Bay Area 2 great book events:
Oakland Book Festival Sunday May 22, 11am to 6pm
Downtown Oakland at City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza (in front of City Hall)
We’ll be there with a Booth and our books, come by and say hello if you in the area.
Also in the Bay Area:
Bay Area Book Festival June 4 & 5, 10am to 6pm both days (this is a big event)
Downtown Berkeley streets (I’ll send out more information on where we will have our booth).
We’ll be there with a Booth and our books, come by and say hello if you’re in the area.
On Thursday Feb. 18th a large group gathered at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis to celebrate the life and work of Francisco X Alarcon
who on Jan. 16th passed from this place to that on his journey. So many souls that he has touched and so they came to honor him and to honor Javier and Francisco’s family. Love to you brother!
The following featured poets read poetry at Canto Hondo: A Memorial Reading for Francisco X. Alarcon:
Luz Maria Gama
Nancy Aidé Gonzalez
Dr. Andy Jones
Gerardo Pacheco Matus
Graciela B. Ramirez
Betty Sanchez Allegra Siberstein
Special Guests :
Members of the Alarcon Family
Kalpulli Xihuacoatl Danzante Group
Mariachi Cielito Lindo
Edward R. Murrow
Tim McCoy in a 1932 movie
The entire cast of 12 Angry Men
Every white man at the March on Washington
The list is endless. To add names to this list go to the Comments and send them to me. I will add them.