November 6th, 2009

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Being Latino

Here is a good essay on the experience of being Latino in America:

Maria Elena Salinas | Reflections on Being Latino in America
Maria Elena Salinas, Univision.com (Spanish Translation: Ryan Croken): "I finally saw myself on television. And no, I wasn't delivering the news in Spanish. I saw myself represented on CNN's documentary, 'Latino in America,' along with dozens of other Latinos who, like myself, make up the largest minority in this country, 50 million and growing. Soledad O'Brien's documentary, which was broadcast on October 21 and 22, has generated a lot of mixed reviews. I happen to be on the side of those who believe that she and her producers did a magnificent job ... But here's the question: are four hours of favorable programming enough to change the negative perception that some Americans have about Hispanics?"


Of course a single program isn't going to solve America's race problems. However, it's a good step in the right direction. It can make people think. It can invite conversations.

There is much of value in Latino culture. Just to pick one blazing example, on average they are a lot more family-oriented than most Americans these days. And ah, Latino poetry is beautiful. Emplumada is a favorite collection.
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Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll for November 2009 Poetry Fishbowl

The general fund currently contains $10. Let's go over some options...

There are three poems being microfunded: "The Transformations of Terror," "Warning Sine," and "Choralia." None of these are $10 or less from being fully funded, but $5 or $10 would give you a good chunk of lines from any of them. You could spend $10 on one, $5 on each of two, or $5 on one of these and $5 elsewhere.

There are also poems left over from the fishbowl that you could select. There is one $5 poem left, "Carved in Stone." There are four $10 poems left: "Othertongues," "rromani chib," "Sticks and Stones," and "Traces of Intelligence." You could spend $10 on a single poem, or $5 on "Carved in Stone" and $5 on one of the microfunded poems.

I encourage folks to vote, because there are a lot of options here so a tie could easily happen if the votes spread out. This poll will run at least until Saturday morning. I'll check it then, and close it if there's a clear winner; if it's tied, I'll give it more time.

Poll #1481738 Generally Sponsored Poetry for November 2009
This poll is closed.

Would you like to do some microfunding?

Yes, $10 toward "The Transformations of Terror"
0(0.0%)
Yes, $10 toward "Warning Sine"
0(0.0%)
Yes, $10 toward "Choralia"
1(14.3%)
Yes, $5 each toward "The Transformations of Terror" & "Warning Sine"
2(28.6%)
Yes, $5 each toward "Warning Sine" & "Choralia"
1(14.3%)
Yes, $5 each toward "Choralia" & "The Transformations of Terror"
0(0.0%)
Yes, $5 toward "The Transformations of Terror" AND publish "Carved in Stone"
2(28.6%)
Yes, $5 toward "Warning Sine" AND publish "Carved in Stone"
0(0.0%)
Yes, $5 toward "Choralia" AND publish "Carved in Stone"
0(0.0%)
No, I want one of the $10 poems.
1(14.3%)

If there is no microfunding, which $10 would you want?

"Othertongues"
2(40.0%)
"rromani chib"
1(20.0%)
"Sticks and Stones"
1(20.0%)
"Traces of Intelligence"
1(20.0%)