PSL: Poetry Is Our Second Language rolls into WEEK TWO with special guest, Patria Rivera!

PSL: Poetry Is Our Second Language
A Four Week Poetry Unit @Kapisanan
Thursday, August 13 at 6pmSHARP
Special Guest: Patria Rivera
$10 Drop In, FREE for members!

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Kapisanan’s 4 week Poetry Unit rolls into Week Two with another special guest on August 13!

Tell your friends and if you missed session one, don’t worry — you can join us for number two. Bring a friend and spread the word.

I’ll tell you what’s coming up for Week Two in a sec, but first of all — what a great turnout last night at the PSL Kickoff. Jodee was taking pics and we’ll post them here, but if you missed it, here’s a recap:

– 11 Artists hit the OPEN MIC! That’s a Kapisanan record!
– Thanks to Patrick, Mykelle, Jian, Haniely, Marc, Dean, Lena, Andrea and Philip!

Our special guest Dr. Kevin Nadal made it 10! In addition to performing a few of his poems, he also treated us to his standup comedy as well as a lecture on his new book that he’s touring, ‘Filipino American Psychology’. Originally, Kevin was going to have books at Kapisanan to sell, but by the time he visited, he had already sold out of the books he had with him on his tour.

You can order this book HERE. Kapisanan is also buying one for our ever-growing resource library.

Yours truly made it 11 but more importantly, I previewed the next 3 weeks of PSL, as we move into Workshop Mode and get to writing and learnin’.

On August 13, here’s what to expect:

– Unlike our first session, this won’t be an Open Mic!

– I’ll quickly take you through the Roots of Philippine Poetry starting from Alibata Love Letters on Bamboo to Tanagas, Balagtasans right up to more contemporary work by great poets such as but not limited to Jose Garcia Villa, Nick Joaquin, Trinidad Subido and Carlos Bulosan. This is just a primer!

– We’ve got ANOTHER special guest joining us for this poetry unit.

Patria Rivera is a writer/editor/author and poet who has published the books “Puti/White” and “The Bride Anthology”. She’s a winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry as well as having been
shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Award.

We’ll read some of her poetry selections and discuss her craft as well her experience in writing and publishing her books.

– Finally, we’ll end off with a quick writing exercise leading into some HOMEWORK!

Things to bring:

– Something to write ON and WITH
– Some poetry that you’re already working on or have written
– Yourself and an Open Mind!
– A few friends to join in. It’s never too late to join the unit.

See you on Thursday August 13, 6pm @Kapisanan

~ by Leonard on August 7, 2009.

2 Responses to “PSL: Poetry Is Our Second Language rolls into WEEK TWO with special guest, Patria Rivera!”

  1. today i met the poet patria rivera in a workshop and she critiqued my latest poem. i mentioned what my seatmate bea had said there were too many gerunds in my poem, and she agreed. “if you use action words,” she said, “the pace will be much quicker.” i also learned from the workshop that you need to use the active voice, as well as concrete imagery. use details. be tangible. i also learned that it’s important to use a wide range of vocabulary.

    we also talked about filipino poets, and some familiar names cropped up: jose garcia villa (poem #5), nick joaquin, and carlos bulosan. the order in which i wrote them here is from “least filipino” to “most filipino.” personally, i like villa best, because i feel like my poetry does not really relate filipino-ness. i feel like i deal more with basic human emotions, outside of culture. in fact with kapisanan it seems like they want people to write and create in a very bulosan-type, obviously “filipino” way, which sometimes feels alienating to me since i do not foreground this part of my identity. it’s refreshing to have villa presented at this type of workshop. i kinda like him.

    i asked pat questions like, “who is your intended audience?” she said, “nobody.” len cervantes, the workshop facilitator and spoken word poet, asked what her method is. she said, “i wake up at 4 am, and either read or write, then i go back to bed. i’ve done that for ages.” “how long,” i asked, “since your teens?” and she said, “well, no, when i was older.” she must be in her mid 60s now, since her husband just retired from law. she said the most important lesson about writing poetry well is simple. “rule #1,” she said, “read. rule #2: read. rule #3: read.” it’s interesting that she was underscoring read when other writing books say, “write.”

    so i asked her who she read. she said, “ginsberg, langston hughes.” she said, “nikki giovanni.” i asked len. he said, “gil scott-heron.” i pointed out that they’re coming from different traditions, and len said, “i never realized that before.”

    our assignment next week from pat: we have to #1 write a poem about six things you saw/ emotions you felt today.
    our assignment from len: team up with a friend and write a balagtasan (dapat/ hindi dapat) in the tanaga format. i teamed up with jodee. we are up to mischief. not just any kind, but poetic mischief. ;)

  2. […] PSL: Poetry Is Our Second Language rolls into WEEK TWO with special guest, Patria Rivera! Kapisanan Philippine Centre – PeopleRank: 2 – August 7, 2009 …Jose Garcia Villa, Nick Joaquin, Trinidad Subido and Carlos Bulosan. This is just a primer! – We’ve got ANOTHER special guest joining us for this poetry unit. Patria Rivera is a writer/editor/author and poet who has published the books “Puti/White”… + vote […]

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