My motto here might well be “My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.” I have been, and am, battling depression. It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative - which ever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it. I am now flooded with despair, almost hysteria, as if I were smothering. As if a great muscular owl were sitting on my chest, its talons clenching & constricting my heart.
Carmen Tafolla – often called one of the country’s madrinas of Chicana literature – has published more than twenty books of poetry and fiction. Among the San Antonio native’s many honors is her recent appointment by Mayor Julián Castro as San Antonio’s very first poet laureate, charged with promoting literacy and arts in Texas’ second largest city. As the mother of three, Tafolla is thrilled to be adding poet laureate to her responsibilities as writer-in-residence and bilingual educator at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
“Poetry speaks to feelings, meaning and culture, so helping children, young people and the community realizes they are creators of poetry and literature is a great honor,” says Tafolla. Passionate about promoting literacy in Latino communities, Tafolla offers parents the following tips for introducing poetry in their children.
This article is absolutely fantastic. Everyone should enjoy poetry throughout the year; now that it’s poetry month, we can push ourselves to ensure we read it and promote its reading, and this can start with our children.