SITE Pantoum by Israel Francisco Haros Lopez

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by Israel Francisco Haros Lopez

“SITE Sante Fe Obidian Water Trails or
A Black Stuntman Can Save the Day after Removing Black Baton from White Ribs spilling red on the Concrete or
Site Sante Fe Museum Free Two Day Writing Workshop
 
 
Rivers of pencils colliding at the SITE Santa Fe museum
Jaguar butterflies giving birth to red crows
I took the dreams of martin luther king and put them in a video game, a comic book and sold them to trader joes
The ocean told me to look for more Tonantzin warriors
 
Jaguar buttefiles giving birth to red crows
I took my mothers sage and turned it into a Mexican-Tarumara shawl
The ocean told me to look for more Tonantzin warriors
I looked for them along the black obsidian rain water
 
I took my mothers sage and turned it into a Mexican-Tarumara shawl
Hummingbirds gathered along the sidewalk for Fiesta
I looked for them along the black obsidian rain water
There are ghost braids tangled in la llorona’s skirt
 
 
Hummingbirds gathered along the sidewalk for Fiesta
I want my Mexican Obsidian American credentials to collaborate with SB 1070
There are ghost braids tangled in la llorona’s skirt
How do sea turtles take oil and fire off their backs
 
I want my Mexican Obsidian American credentials to collaborate with SB 1070
Can I find a solution for BP along these dissolving New Mexican art walls
How do sea turtles take oil and fire off their backs
Sage dust and the blue light of water given to Sonora coyotes
 
Can I find a solution for BP along these dissolving New Mexican art walls
The Gestapo came for Homer and all of Illiad’s lovers
Sage dust and the blue light of water given to Sonora coyotes
The site museum told them to wait until they made a video installation of it
 
The Gestapo came for Homer and all of Illiads lovers
I have too much intention in my dangling poetry
The Site museum told them to wait until they made a video installation of it
For the aging white walls of the SITE Museum
 
I have too much intention in my dangling poetry
I should have told Jimi Hendrix to write another manifesto
For the aging white walls of the SITE Museum
Warehouse 21 and the SITE Museum need to make love more often
 
I should have told Jimi Hendrex to write another manifesto
His aging rattle snake guitar goes wonderful with Sonora deer dancers
Warehouse 21 and the Site Museum need to make love more often
The black boy lightning the white candle could create lighting in New Mexico
 
His aging rattle snake guitar goes wonderful with Sonora deer dancers
There is too much pinche Shamanic chauvinism down Canyon Road
The black boy lighting the white candle could create lightning in New Mexico
Where do i buy jaguar butterfly skinned moccasins for the Corn Harvest dance
 
There is too much pinche Shamanic chauvinism down Canyon Road
There must be a Cherokee around to sell me Hispano-Anglo-Chinese Pottery
Where do I buy jaguar buttefly skinned moccasins for the Corn Harvest Dance
There must be a formula for writing really bad 3 min spoken word Xicano Phantoums
 
There must be a Cherokee around to sell me Hispano-Anglo-Chinese Pottery
Why is why the worst question in the Universe?
There must be a formula for writing really bad 3 min spoken word Xicano Phantoums
Is why the worst question in the universe?
 
Why is why the worst question in the Universe?
Hummingbird pencil water marks
Is why the worst question in the universe?
Dragon fly cusps the claws of a Polar bear and thanks her for all the water from her home
 
 
Hummingbird pencil water marks
Rivers of pencils still colliding erasing deny art at the SITE Museum
Dragon fly cusps the claws of a polar bear and thanks her for all the water from her home
I took Martin Luther Kings Dreams and turned them into a video game, a comic book and sold them to Trade Joes
 
Then posted them on Ebay and sold them to SITE Santa Fe

Glass Chairs


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I love empty chairs–they speak of both solitude and sociability. And of course to me they imply reading and writing–and in this case tea.
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Information about the artists is from Glass Alliance:
Glass Alliance-New Mexico member Joanne Teasdale is one of ten artists who look at the trappings of day-to-day life in a show entitled “Domestiscity: How We Live” at the Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Hear” by Joanne Teasdale, wall-mounted chairs with kiln formed glass and fusible film

Teasdale, who fuses photographic images with kiln-formed glass, explores “intimacy and the legacies of our lives, the imprints left behind. I look for an etherial quality in the creation of the image and the link to the traces of our existence.”
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I found this image haunting–is it fading or developing? I was glad to discover this glass artist’s work.

Liz Picco’s The Planting and Caring of the Lizard Tree

This is an essay I crafted for my Creative Non-Fiction class earlier this year. We were asked to write a character profile of ourselves using a unique format.

The Planting and Caring of the Lizard Tree

The Lizard Tree (Raptisicus Lacerta Greco-Mexicanus)
Native to central southwest Arizona, but has been thriving in northern California for the past thirty years. A small deciduous tree, known for its sturdy trunk and long smooth branches that when mature will reach unlimited heights in publications and sales. Will tolerate fog, drought, and heavy winds, but dislikes over watering, limelight, and dim points of view. This hybrid is not fruit bearing. The Lizard Tree buds in March and blooms through October with, aqua and copper colored flowers that open up in the heat of the day and close well after midnight. During spring and summer the flowers release a subtle olive oil fragrance that attracts hummingbirds, storytellers, and roadrunners that love the medicinal pulpy leaves. In late fall, after the Day of the Dead, when its leaves drop the Lizard Tree goes into prolonged periods of solitude surfacing briefly for family and friends. Do not disturb the roots during the winter months simply cover with thick layers of old Sunday newspapers and copies of revisions. It is deer, gopher, and rejection proof and resistant to obstacles and negativity. Kids love to sit in its shade and listen to its leaves tell a story.

Planting Instructions
Find the sunniest spot in the most prominent place in your garden where the Lizard Tree can spread without hindrance. Do not plant next to Evergreen, Coniferous or Eucalyptus Trees. It prefers fig and mesquite trees and grows best along side of sunflowers, writers, rock n’ roll, and trailing oregano. Dig a wide, deep hole, place in the center and embellish the Mediterranean soil with several shovelfuls of travel, layers of good books, long festive meals, and a dry sense of humor. Tamp down the soil for security, but do not place a stake next to the trunk, as it will stunt its growth. Water every other day, keep area distraction free and fertilize with good short stories, garlic, lemon peels, and graphite pencils. Be patient, it’s a late bloomer, but once it flowers, it will send out runners and establish deep supportive roots.

Ruth Lopez Photographs

Ruth writes about “My undying love for agricultural architecture.” And I’m adding a thought–what are we being told to keep out from? The idealized buggy?

You can see more of her work at http://dearmissvalland.typepad.com/

These images from the heartland are also industrial, in a bucolic way.

This reminds me of sculpture–maybe something brutal and difficult to like at first–but eventually purely beautiful.

2 More Exquisite Corpses from SITE Santa Fe

Tasteless crumbs
fill my mouh
looking forward to dinner CH

cicadas sing, kick the can, time to eat
summer illuminated shimmers
in the humidiy of a southern night JM

red velvet cake
moist teethmarks
ask: who do you love? MS

the one who walks by
with starlight at her ?
dancing heart of gold. MM

Cold metal
warms with light CH

crystaline structure
of hope MS

Deferred, what’s up with this waiting
game of hide and seek and never found. JM

Pile of clothes heaped and quiet.
No telling secrets. CH

Mums the word on the QT–DL–
Entre Nous, no really, just between
You and me! JM

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Crismson bird lands
in silhouette–
the captured girl
bathes nude MS

in the red courtyard
watching bright clouds
singing birds in her mind MM

Her mind sings
wings with black feathers
makng a whoosh CH

Its giant wings block the crescent
moon, what real or imagined
creature bearing the future JM

Feathered palm tree
dreams
and fronds, my
favorite word MS

sounds like a game
and moves too
by his words
what does he know
little about her MM

Princess, bird, canyon
updraft MS

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SITE SF
Sept 11, 2010
Juliet Myers
Caroline Huggins
Maria Mazzara
Miriam Sagan

Quiz: Who is Maimonides: from the NY Times

As an English teacher who has seen many amusing–or alarming–inaccuracies in 111 I thought this was fascinating…
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Basic Religion Test Stumps Many AmericansBy LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: September 28, 2010
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LinkedinDiggMixxMySpaceYahoo! BuzzPermalink.Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.

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Test Your Knowledge
How much do you know about religion? Try answering a sampling of questions asked in a phone survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
.Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.

“Even after all these other factors, including education, are taken into account, atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons still outperform all the other religious groups in our survey,” said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at Pew.

That finding might surprise some, but not Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, an advocacy group for nonbelievers that was founded by Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

“I have heard many times that atheists know more about religion than religious people,” Mr. Silverman said. “Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge. I gave a Bible to my daughter. That’s how you make atheists.”

Among the topics covered in the survey were: Where was Jesus born? What is Ramadan? Whose writings inspired the Protestant Reformation? Which Biblical figure led the exodus from Egypt? What religion is the Dalai Lama? Joseph Smith? Mother Teresa? In most cases, the format was multiple choice.

The researchers said that the questionnaire was designed to represent a breadth of knowledge about religion, but was not intended to be regarded as a list of the most essential facts about the subject. Most of the questions were easy, but a few were difficult enough to discern which respondents were highly knowledgeable.

On questions about the Bible and Christianity, the groups that answered the most right were Mormons and white evangelical Protestants.

On questions about world religions, like Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism, the groups that did the best were atheists, agnostics and Jews.

One finding that may grab the attention of policy makers is that most Americans wrongly believe that anything having to do with religion is prohibited in public schools.

An overwhelming 89 percent of respondents, asked whether public school teachers are permitted to lead a class in prayer, correctly answered no.

But fewer than one of four knew that a public school teacher is permitted “to read from the Bible as an example of literature.” And only about one third knew that a public school teacher is permitted to offer a class comparing the world’s religions.

The survey’s authors concluded that there was “widespread confusion” about “the line between teaching and preaching.”

Mr. Smith said the survey appeared to be the first comprehensive effort at assessing the basic religious knowledge of Americans, so it is impossible to tell whether they are more or less informed than in the past.

The phone interviews were conducted in English and Spanish in May and June. There were not enough Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu respondents to say how those groups ranked.

Clergy members who are concerned that their congregants know little about the essentials of their own faith will no doubt be appalled by some of these findings:

¶ Fifty-three percent of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the man who started the Protestant Reformation.

¶ Forty-five percent of Catholics did not know that their church teaches that the consecrated bread and wine in holy communion are not merely symbols, but actually become the body and blood of Christ.

¶ Forty-three percent of Jews did not know that Maimonides, one of the foremost rabbinical authorities and philosophers, was Jewish.

The question about Maimonides was the one that the fewest people answered correctly. But 51 percent knew that Joseph Smith was Mormon, and 82 percent knew that Mother Teresa was Roman Catholic.

Pantoums by Israel F. Haros Lopez

Ghost Braids 0.o

Israel Francisco Haros on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 9:36pm

“black water (love) wars”
 
Derelict hues of red and black
Expectations in the black water
Morphing concrete jungles
Black butterflies pouring you into the sun
 
Expectations in the black water
Obsidian hands pushing jade
Black butterflies pouring you into the sun
Mirrors in womb of tonantzin
 
Obsidian hands pushing jade
Into the skin of laughing serpents
Mirrors in the womb of tonanztin
Kissing the blue of water light
 
Into the skin of laughing serpents
Winged hands caressing watered lips
Kissing the blue of water light
Ocean dreams in the middle of breakfast
 
Winged hands caressing watered lips
Before the sound of coyoxauhqui
Ocean dreams in the middle of breakfast
The line between the sun and moon smiling
 
Before the sound of coyoxauhqui
Butterflies and jaguars embracing
The line between the sun and moon smiling
A sunset swallowed by hummingbird
 
Butterflies and jaguars embracing
The taste of water after four days without
A sunset swallowed by hummingbird
It’s a decision not to take it personal
 
The taste of water after four days without
Ghost braids dancing on the skin
It’s a decision not to take it personal
And watch the water form wings in your mouth
 
Ghost braids dancing on the skin
I like to touch all the lines your body makes
And watch the water form wings in your mouth
You give me mirrors to breathe
 
I like to touch all the lines your body makes
Expectations in the black water
You give me mirrors to breathe
Black butterflies pouring you into the sun

ghost braids 0.2
by Israel Francisco Haros on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 10:08am

“A Sector of Little Mexico, Califaztlan”
 
I will always be Boyle Heights East Los Angeles
Eloteros colliding with ICE Police at Big Buy
Cesar Chavez pigeons gossiping about Street wall artists arrested
Little mexico markets selling no name lie pods
 
Eloteros colliding with ICE Police at Big Buy
There is a special on Mexican copal on isle 13
Little mexico markets selling no name lie pods
Oranges along the 5 highway singing protest nortenias
 
There is a special on Mexican copal on isle 13
Place your handcuffs along side your California id
Oranges along the 5 highway singing protest nortenias
You cannot stop the river even if its concrete
 
Place your handcuffs along side your California id
We are all SB 1070
You cannot stop the river even if its concrete
Tell me you’ve spoken calmly to a minute man
 
We are all SB 1070
Watching the border papers turn into winged tongues
Tell me you’ve spoken calmly to a minute man
Tell me you’ve written softly to your local tea party
 
Watching the border papers turn into winged tongues
There are smoking mirrors in your closet needing to speak
Tell me you’ve written softly to your local tea party
What are the politics of the seventh sun and children and water
 
There are smoking mirrors in your closet needing to speak
Do you wait for another Juarez Llorona to shriek before you open your mouth
What are the politics of the seventh sun and children and water
Some people don’t like me writing, speaking and questioning so much
 
Do you wait for another Jaurez Llorona to shriek before you open your mouth
There are maquiladora finally closing because they have run out of supply and demand of mujeres
Some people don’t like me writing, speaking and questions so much
Do you know any songs about East Los
 
There are maquiladoras finally closing because they have run out of supply and demand of mujeres
I was born with a red and black flint in my tongue
Do you know any songs about East los
Eres mi otro mejor otro mas bello espejo negro y blanco
 
I was born with a red and black flint in my tongue
There is too much self imposed arrested development in the barrio
Eres mi otro mejor otro mas bello espejo negro y blanco
Flaring colors of hip hop nor-teka salsa corridos
 
There is too much self imposed arrested development in the barrio
Can you cut open my yollotl and stain red wings on the concrete
Flaring colors of hiop hop nor-teka salsa corridos
Murals re-strung from miracles on Soto and Cesar Chavez
 
Can you cut open my yollotl and stain red wings on the concrete
I will always be Boyle Heights East Los Angeles
Murals re-strung from miracles on Soto and Cesar Chavez
Cesar Chavez pigeons gossiping about Street wall artists arrested 

ghost braids 0.3
by Israel Francisco Haros on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 10:40am

“Infra-red Coca Cola You-Tube Amnesia”
 
coca cola shamanic candor
eagles spreading cacita over la revolucion blvd
retro-active mono-syllabic scantron barrio education
pencils breaking before the touch they wide ruled paper
 
eagles spreading cacita over la revolucion blvd
migrants walking over infra-red border patrol
pencils breaking before they touch wide ruled paper
the scent from the classroom leaves a college-less stench
 
migrants walking over infra-red border patrol
alien-less Lysol white hospital walls
the scent from the classroom leaves a college-less stench
Ehecatl breaks this construction building mildew in the backs of brutalized police cars
 
Alien-less Lysol white hospital walls
Drenched with the working blood of wrinkled brown hands
Ehecatl breaks this construction building mildew in the backs of brutalized police cars
Hunapu borrows lightning bolts from Zeus to give Tonantzin acupuncture
 
Drenched with the working blood of wrinkled brown hands
The wailing night makes mirrors of disappearing glaciers
Hunapu borrows lightning bolts from Zeus to give Tonantzin acupuncture
How do you re-member a NASA missile pillaging the moon
 
The wailing night makes mirrors of disappearing glaciers
Coca cola shamanic candor
How do you re-member a NASA missile pillaging the moon
Retro-active mono-syllabic scantron barrio education 

forum 49.o
by Israel Francisco Haros on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 9:17pm

these houses made of waters
abre las aguas de tus ojos 
reconsider this embrace as ours
nadie tocara nuestra luz
 
abre las aguas de tus ojos
come home to drink our hands
nadie tocara nuestra luz
your house and palms full of nebula
 
come home to drink our hands
sin las fronteras heridas
your house and palms full of nebula
nunca estas sola con las escaleras de quetzalcoatl
 
sin las fronteras heridas
winged tongue dancing 
nunca estas sola con las escaleras de quetzalcoatl
a house of white hummingbirds waiting
 
winged tongue dancing 
tu nombre sin condiciones
a house of white hummingbirds waiting
por tu canto lleno de rios de almas
 
tu nombre sin condiciones
this house made of waters
por tu canto lleno de rios de aguas
reconsider this embrace as ours

forum 48.o
by Israel Francisco Haros on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 8:59pm

prententious forked tongue
swallowed pride dancing
echoes pledging yes
butterfly wings pressing 
 
swallowed pride dancing
you can always say no
butterfly wings pressing
i’m in love with you again
 
you can always say no
pressing your lips against my skin
i’m in love with you again
water taking my bones
 
pressing your lips against my skin
your embrace kills my ego
water taking my bones 
you always have wings with no cages
 
your embrace kills my ego
pretentious forked tongue
i want to love you over forever
echoes pledging yes

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Israel has been in Santa Fe for about a year and just started giving public readings of his poetry. You might catch him at the open mic at El Farol. Keep an eye–and ear–out for this poet. You can find more of his work at http://www.reverbnation.com/waterhummingbirdhouse