Sunday, March 26, 2017

San Francisco Public Library reading Tuesday, April 11

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Friends of
San Francisco Public Library
Poetry Reading


in the historic literary epicenter of San Francisco


850 Columbus Ave.
(between Greenwich & Lombard)

San Francisco, California

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

6:30 - 8:00 PM


featuring


Rafael Jesús González

(accompanied on flute by Gerardo Omar Marín)


&


Barbara Paschke




free to the public

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Portrait of U. S. President #45



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Retrato del presidente #45 de los EE. UU.
en los más cálidos colores


Tiene cara anaranjada
y su pelo estupendo amarillo
le cubre el cuello que sabemos
es del matiz más rojizo.




--------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2017










Portrait of U. S. President #45 
in the Warmest Colors


He has an orange face 
& his stupendous yellow hair 
covers his neck we know 
is of the ruddiest hue. 




----------------© Rafael Jesús González 2017







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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Words of Resistance Saturday, April 1

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Somos en escrito

The Latino Literary Online Magazine

presents

Words of Resistance 

Saturday, April 1

4:15 - 5:15 pm 

Berkeley Public Library 

2090 Kittredge St. 

Berkeley, California



 

A literary event featuring nationally and internationally renowned Cuban American and Mexican American authors. In the US climate of heightened deportations and anti-Latino sentiments, these poets and storytellers - Cristina Garcia, Dr. Carlota Caulfield, Lucha Corpi, Vanessa García, and Rafael Jesús González - will offer their tales of knowledge, unity, and visibility.




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Monday, March 20, 2017

Aries — Spring Equinox

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Spring Equinox and Aries


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--------------------Aries

Al morueco de los comienzos
lo impulsa la estrella roja
que relumbra en sus ojos de diamante
y se refleja en sus cuernos de heliotropo,
sus pesuñas de hierro.
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----Guarda el fuego cardinal del anhelo----- 
----y sobre su cabeza-------------- 
------------giran el día y la noche--------------------- 
------------------la noche y el día-------------- 
------------en el baile simétrico 
------------------del tiempo.




-----------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2017





 

---------------Aries

The ram of beginnings
is driven by the red star
which shines in its diamond eyes,
reflects in its bloodstone horns,
its iron hoofs.
 

----It guards the cardinal fire
 -- -of ambition
 ----and above its head
 -------turn day and night 
--------night and day---- 
-----in the symmetrical dance 
------------of time.



----------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2017
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Pandemonium Press Reading Tuesday, April 4

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Pandemonium Press Reading 

"When April Showers Come"

Tuesday, April 4 

6:30 - 9:00 PM 

The Spice Monkey 

1628 Webster St.
(near 19th St. BART station) 

Oakland, California

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

full moon: Bare as the Moon


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---------Desnudo como la luna 


El emperador nunca llevó ropa, 
ningún mago sastre desviado lo engaño, 
siempre anduvo desnudo como la luna. 
Los que no fueron repugnados 
fueron encantados por su descubierto, 
su culo mas el espejo 
de lo peor en el alma del país.
Ahora cuando algunos comentan 
que está en cueros, es: 
------¡Fuera son sus cabezas!




------------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2017










----------Bare as the Moon 


The emperor never wore any clothes,
no wayward wizard tailor ever tricked him,
he was always bare as the moon. 
Those who were not repulsed 
were enthralled by his mooning, 
his butt but the mirror 
of the worst in the country's soul. 
Now when some remark 
that he is stark naked, it is:
-----"Off with their heads!"




----------------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2017




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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day


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Día Internacional de la Mujer 2017


Mi amor, mi respeto, mi apoyo, mis esperanzas por las mujeres en este día. No haré sino repetir lo que dije en el día de la Marcha de las Mujeres el 21 de enero:


Debemos ser muy agradecidos por las marchas de las mujeres en los Estados Unidos, por todas las Américas, por el mundo entero el 21 de enero 2017 día siguiente la inauguración del presidente 45 de los Estados Unidos en resistencia al fascismo que nos amenaza a todos. Gracias, gracias, hermanas nuestras, por ser mujeres, por su poder, por su gracia. Esperemos que sus acciones hagan patente la mera esencia de lo que debe ser nuestra revolución contra el patriarcado de milenios que nos ha llevado a este punto, un patriarcado que nos ha herido a todos y afligido a la Tierra misma a tal punto que su mera habilidad de dar y sostener vida tal como la conocemos está por perderse.

Tal vez deberíamos estar agradecidos al presidente estadounidense 45, caricatura encarnada del masculino herido, deformado y pervertido por el patriarcado tóxico por aterrorizarnos de nuestra pesadilla.

Gracias y por favor, hermanas nuestras; lleguen a su poder y hagan entrar la era del/la sanador(a) que la edad del guerrero no nos ha servido bien y debe acabar. Por favor y gracias, hermanos, por honorar a las mujeres y liberar lo femenino en nosotros. Se trata de la liberación de la mujer y de la liberación del hombre también de un patriarcado que nos mutila a todos. O nos liberamos todos juntos o ningunos somos. El mundo y la Tierra depende en ello.


© Rafael Jesús González 2017



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International Women's Day 2017

My love, my respect, my support, my hopes of women on this day. I will not but reiterate what I said on the day of the Women's March of January 21st:
 

We must be very grateful for the Women's marches in the United States, throughout the Americas, throughout the world January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, in resistance to the fascism that menaces us all. Thank you, thank you, our sisters, for your womanhood, your power, your grace. Let us hope that your actions make patent the very essence of what must be our revolution against the patriarchy of millennia that has brought us to this juncture, a patriarchy that has wounded us all and distressed the Earth itself to the point where her very ability to bear and sustain life as we know it is at stake.

Perhaps we should be grateful to the 45th U.S. president, embodied caricature of the masculine, wounded, distorted, and perverted by a toxic patriarchy, to terrify us from our nightmare.

Thank you and please, our sisters; come into your power and bring in the age of the healer, for the age of the warrior has not served us well and must come to an end. Please and thank you, brothers, for honoring women and liberating the feminine within ourselves. It is a matter of women's liberation and of men's liberation as well from a patriarchy that maims us all. We are all liberated together or none of us are. The world and the Earth depend upon it.


© Rafael Jesús González 2017





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