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Word Up Reading: Sussy Santana Domestic Poems/Poemas Domesticos

Sussy Santana’s sincere and emboldened voice returns in her second book Domestic Poems. In her poems, she places a necessary mirror in front of herself and us as her reader. Its poetry takes us through moments of introspection and decisiveness about what we accept and create as the standard in our world. She is able to capture the visceral realities of women through her delicate yet forceful poetic play with words. Her line, “a woman without a tongue is a town without a future”, captures the urgency of “reclaiming” the ability to make our own life decisions and the ability to maximize the use of voice. Santana makes us defintively look at voice, body and actions throughout her book. What may seem like a basic rite of passage is revealed to be an oppressive force that stymies the personal growth of a woman in her world. Her poems identify the role of playing with dolls or cooking as the walls that contain and domesticate girls throughout their development. Domestic Poems goes beyond calling out the societal expectations. Santana succeeds in giving examples of approaching these moments through the language of her introspective poetry. “To say no” in her poem “The no rhymes” is a repetitive phrase that becomes an affirmational phrase for us to learn and to use. Sussy Santana’s book brings us home, points to the areas that need dusting and inspires us to do the same in our own lives.

En su segundo libro Poemas Domésticos, regresa la animada y sincera voz de Sussy Santana. En su poesía, posiciona un espejo frente de ella y de nosotros. Los poemas decisivamente e introspectivamente nos hace reflexionar sobre lo que creemos y aceptamos como lo normal en nuestro mundo. En su poesía, la cual es delicada y a la misma vez audaz , ella es capaz de captar la realidad de ser mujer. En su poema ella escribe, “una mujer sin lengua es un pueblo sin futuro”, lo cual capta la urgencia de “reclamar” la habilidad de tomar nuestras propria decisiones y la habilidad de maximizar el uso de nuestra voz. En su libro, Santana nos hace analizar lo capacidad de nuestra voz, cuerpo y acciones. Lo que aparanta ser rito se revela como una fuerza opresiva que obstruye el potencial de la mujer. Sus poemas identifican el jugar con muñecas y cocinar como ritos que domestican a las mujeres. Poemas Domésticos, no nada mas pone en claro lo que está pasando, sino que tambien nos presenta con el vocabulario para usar hacia esos momentos. En su poema, “The no rhymes” ella repite la frase ‘decir que no’ hasta al punto que convierte la frase en una afirmación para nosotros aprender y usar. En su libro, Sussy Santana nos trae devuelta a casa y nos invita a reflexionar.

Word Up – MAY MADE ME with Mitch Abidor & Chris Hedges

The mass protests that shook France in May 1968 were exciting, dangerous, creative and influential. Students demonstrated, workers went on general strike, factories and universities were occupied. At the height of its fervor, it brought the entire national economy to a halt. The protests reached such a point that political leaders feared civil war or revolution.

Fifty years later, MAY MADE ME offers eye-opening oral testimonies of the mass protests that shook France in May 1968, and have influenced European politics to this day.

MITCHELL ABIDOR has translated texts from French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Esperanto for the Marxists Internet Archive and published many books, including Voices of the Paris Commune, Death to Bourgeois Society: The Propagandists of the Deed, and A Socialist History of the French Revolution by Jean Jaurès.

CHRIS HEDGES is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books, including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003) and Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015). He writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig in Los Angeles, run by Robert Scheer, and hosts a show, On Contact, on RT America.

Books will be available for sale.