Sunday, August 12, 2007

YOUR OWN WORDS - Dallas Morning News feature

They asked me to tell 'em what I'm reading right now & why. Here's the link to the feature in today's (Sunday, August 12th) Dallas Morning News.

Check out the photo--indoors in my "green" library room.

text from the article:

YOUR OWN WORDS

12:00 AM CDT on Sunday, August 12, 2007

Tammy Gomez
Poet, playwright, publisher (Tejana Tongue Press)

What she's reading: Mahcic: Selected Poems, by Tomás Riley

Why: "This book of poems, published by Calaca Press in 2005, was recently mailed to me by Riley himself, who is a friend and colleague based in the Bay Area. Mahcic is the name of Tomás' first-born son, and the poems, reminiscent of the best work of Victor Hernandez Cruz (Snaps) and David Henderson (De Mayor of Harlem), show the scope of interrogations a 21st-century first-time father cannot help but make as he reckons with sociopolitical and family history. A swollen, visceral, tri-cultural, spanglish mash-up, spilled-out dictionary of words that fell just right, make your noggin go tight with a homegrown cool mint light that I like."

edited by Lesley Téllez.

2 comments:

The Stash Dauber said...

one of those weird synchronicities -- you mention david henderson, who also wrote what i still consider the best bio of jimi hendrix ('scuse me while i kiss the sky) and did some spoken word on an ornette record (science fiction). woke up thinking about him today. passing strange.

a.k.a. sunlit doorway said...

wow. david henderson. wow. ornette coleman.
ornette coleman is profiled in a nice article in yesterday's DALLAS MORNING NEWS as well (with a full-color photo_.

show that to the STAR-TELEGRAM.

two fort worth people gettin' press-'n'-play from the paper east of cowtown....

one day i will check out the bio by henderson, since you recommend it. last wk-end in austin, stopped in on a "hip hop explosion" performance to see my friend Zell Miller iii do a spoken word piece about Hendrix, while an accompanying gtrist played signature excerpts from Hendrix songs. very nice piece.