For Robert Lunday's Creative Writing class (ENGL 2307), Houston Community College (DE), Spring 2011
It is ironic how this have played out in recent years. Mexico used to be one of the friendliest neighboring countries to the United States but now the deadliest and very volatile. Like Benjamin Saenz remembers, the City of Juarez, once known or represented a playground where people of all works of life socialized and intermingled has become a war zone with killings in enormous magnitude.The poem "Living in a Desert" captured the reality of the majority of Mexican's or individuals living in the border town seeking a better life in the United States.It is a gamble in which most lose.The poem on the old man demonstrates the plight of most people both young and old that are stuck in the City for one reason or the other and cannot escape the dangers in sight.As we've known in the past and is still eminent now, there is always room for the rich any where in the world. This the Poet,Benjamin Saenz also recognized. It is not the case for the poor or the less privileged.So it appears, as also pointed by the Poet, that borders are made to keep out the poor.
Austin Kleon....Newspaper BlackoutsAustin Kleon is a poet from Austin Texas who blots out words in the newspaper to form poetry. His first book was published this summer. By day, Kleon is a web designer and write poetry and draw cartoons at night. He delete words to the news print and turn into poetry.http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec10/kleon_09-14.html
Oh, I thought I had commented on this a while ago. Perhaps I got it confused with the comment about YouTube. These podcasts remind me of audio books, but with the added advantage of having the actual author read them. The one I listened to ("Living in a Desert," I believe) had such a solemn tone that really drew me in. Perhaps it was because I was hearing the poem through someone with actual experience of the setting described that made it so effective. Had I just read it to myself, having had no kind of experience with that sort of hardship, I know it wouldn't have taken with me.I also think that even though this lacks the visual aspect that YouTube brings to the table, it might not be such a bad thing. Depending on the video, it's possible that the author's actions might be distracting for some, whereas having a piece that only targets one sense as opposed to two at once might allow listeners to focus better.