(Poem and art) Softly by Rose Aiello Morales and Victor Hernández

Original art created by Victor Hernández for 'Softly'

Original art created by Victor Hernández for ‘Softly’

Sing softly,

a song to make them stand,

perhaps they’ll listen, baying noiseless in the night,

music has its charms, the savage breast contains staccato beats.

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(Essay 1) Re-Visioning Mythologies of Gender/Sex by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.

This is the first part of an essay by the author published in Goddess Pages in 2008.

“Gender” might be described as “one’s perception of their self” as being either female or male, and “sex” as “the physical appearance of one’s body” as either female or male[1].   The “sex” of a body is commonly understood to necessarily be able to fall into one or the other designation, and if it does not then life, within many cultures, is almost certain to be traumatic for the being involved. Within Western culture of more recent centuries at least, and within many other global social/religious contexts, no shades of “grey” have been allowed in this matter, no kaleidoscope – as is allowed in almost all other dualities. This rigid polarization of sex has not been so for many indigenous traditions – even still today: there is often much more fluidity about the significance of sexual physical appearance. Within my own Western culture, “gender” is commonly understood to “ideally” be in alignment with the “sex” of one’s body, and that’s where categories such as “feminine” and “masculine” are entered into. Continue reading

(Meet Mago Contributor) Victor Hernández

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Victor Hernández is an artist from Socorro, Texas who recently returned to la frontera after spending several years in Austin and Houston working as a commercial artist.  His painting, “Angel in Decline,” is the cover art for the poetry collection Poemas ante el Catafalco:  Grief and Renewal, written by Donna Snyder.  Victor’s work includes sculpture, portraits, video, collage, textile, multi-media, and other art forms.  He has had solo shows at contemporary art venues such as the Super Happy Fun Place in Houston, and has also been a part of various group exhibitions, including with the JUNTOS Art Association in Houston.  For the band Organ Failure, Victor created album cover art and a claymation music video which can be seen on various video and political action websites.  He has presented creative writing workshops with the Tumblewords Project, a grassroots literary project that has presented workshops and performances in the border region since 1995.

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(Book review) Poemas Ante el Catafalco: Grief and Renewal by Donna J. Snyder, reviewed by Mary Saracino

Poemas Ante el Catafalco: Grief and Renewal (Chimbarazu Press 2014)  Donna J. Snyder

DS Catafalco_Cove final_DonnaSnyder_BookCoverIt is a poet’s challenge to find language for emotions that elude language. In Poemas Ante el Catafalco: Grief and Renewal, Donna Snyder uses her considerable gifts to translate the soul’s bodily wisdom into words that simultaneously pierce the heart and offer solace.

This collection of poetry is a personal and intimate testament to how grief and bereavement can undo the human spirit, rain unbearable suffering down upon the human body. Snyder takes our hearts in her very capable hands and leads us over the steep hills and through the deep valleys of grief and surrender.

Her poems are unflinching, fearless, beautifully written, brave, honest. True.

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