Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tonight I'm thinking about a man I never met, Raul Salinas, the Chicano poet, activist, and scholar who passed away yesterday. So much of his story parallels and intersects with the stories of Puerto Rican activists, writers, and political figures.

And at the moment I'm also thinking about invisibility: how our work and history is so often ignored, forgotten, erased. And what of our literature?

There's so much to say, much of it caught on the roof of my mouth. To those who read me out. What is visibility? What do we really seek out when we ask to be noticed by people, venues, awards, universities? And who are we pushing against? How, why, and where do we/should we influence the dominant culture?

I feel there's so much to say here...yet I don't know where to start.

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