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An Important Conversation about an "Idle Notion"

Once again, Bill Moyers brings us a voice that needs to be heard; that of linguist, professor and author John McWhorter. The starting point for tonight's conversation on Bill Moyers' Journal was Eric Holder's comments on needing a "conversation on race" and on our being a "nation of cowards." Holder's statement does a grand disservice. It labels, it assumes, it presumes. And it ignores the thousands of Americans who have fought for civil rights and racial equality, Americans of all "colors." I thought the new Attorney General was smarter than that.

Fortunately, John McWhorter is smarter than that. In his conversation tonight with Bill Moyers, he stated, "Conversation about race, I think, is an idle notion." It is becoming, in fact, a meaningless notion. I believe that we might even be reaching the point where such a "conversation" may recreate "racial" problems that were on their way to being resolved. McWh…

Limits, limitations and line

Rights are big news this week.

Case one: Shepard Fairey. Very creative guy, with good design skills and a talent for creative synthesis. He put that talent to work, however, on subject matter he neither created, owned or had permission to use. That's wrong. Fairey also installs / posts art in public places without permission. Also wrong. Y punto. I don't know why this is even making it to talk shows. Yes, it was a fantastic poster. And it was an illegal production. (As is, ultimately, that Che Guevarra t-shirt you have in your drawer.) If I take a denim jacket from your closet, glue fake gemstones to it, and then wear it to go two-stepping one Saturday night, that does not make the jacket mine.

The fact that there is so much buzz on this issue makes an important statement about our lives today in the weblectronic world. We can get our hands on lots of "cool stuff" now. I can download a Picasso, copy and paste a forwarded emailed poem that the last sender forgot to …

Take a Break for Beauty

These images just in, taken by friends while in Hawaii.
Breathe deeply as you gaze, and enjoy!

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.

~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

Images copyright Artis Lingua, 2009

Companion for Pegasus

A visit to Scottie Parsons's art studio is always a delight, but my visit to her studio today was especially "lively," thanks to a new creation named Spirito. Scottie was asked to paint this art pony, which will be sold at auction for a good cause later this month. I like to think of Spirito as being a cousin or at least a friend to Pegasus, an "art horse" to accompany the winged horse of literature. After all, the two art forms do so well in the company of each other. I present to you: Spirito by Scottie Parsons. May he ride in the imaginations of us all.

Heartfelt thanks

My appreciation to everyone who attended my poetry reading last Friday, "Poems from Heartland." What a beautiful group of people! It was, for me, a moment of communion and meaningful sharing. Thanks to all. My speaking would have meant nothing without your hearing. Here's to people, poems, and poetry! And as we approach Valentine's Day, remember: "A poem is a wonderful way to mind the heart."
Text and image copyright Ysabel de la Rosa, all rights reserved.

Poetry Reading at Half Price

Books, that is. Poetry Reading at Half Price Books on Northwest Highway in Dallas. I'll read for about 20 minutes, and then it's open mike for the other poets in the room. Come and bring a friend, come and bring a friendly poem. Friday, February 6, 7 p.m. You can find the street address at