Monday, February 28, 2022


Berkeley's first Poet Laureate Rafael Jesus Gonzalez is latest participant in Marsh Hawk Press' "Chapter One" series about poets' beginnings. Gonzalez, also the founder of the Mexican & Latin American Studies Dept. at Laney College, Oakland, begins his contribution with the following (and do go HERE for entire essay):

"I was born into flor y canto, in xochitl in cuicatl, flower & song, poetry taught me by my father Jesús and my mother Carmen (who before she married compiled a collection of poems, in Spanish of course, meticulously typed on two- hundred-fifty pages bound in an embossed binder from the custom house in Cd. Juárez where my aunt Luz worked, the first book I ever attempted to illustrate, to my mother’s consternation, at the age of three or four.)"

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