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The last poem by Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos, and the first she wrote in English. Welfare Island is said to refer to the insane-asylum-isle of that name in New York, but I think it also has the meaning of the fate of Puerto Rico as a modernized, or post-modern colony of the United States.

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It has to come from here,
right this instance,
my cry into the world.

The past is only a shadow emerging from
nowhere.

Life was somewhere forgotten
and sought refuge in depths of tears
and sorrows;
over this vast empire of solitude and darkness.
Where is the voice of freedom,
freedom to laugh,
to move
without the heavy phantom of despair?
Where is the form of beauty
unshaken in its veil, simple and pure?
Where is the warmth of heaven
pouring its dreams of love in broken
spirits?

It has to be from here,
right this instance,
my cry into the world.
My cry that is no more mine,
but hers and his forever,
the comrades of my silence,
the phantoms of my grave.

It has to be from here,
forgotten but unshaken,
among comrades of silence
deep into Welfare Island
my farewell to the world.

Little you probably know…

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August 27, 2015 · 2:39 pm

Online exhibit of drawings with stories/muestra-exposición-“online” de mis dibujos

I am pleased to announce an online-exhibit of my drawings, with stories in English and Spanish, on the Hinchas de Poesia online literary mag. Read Hinchas de Poesia!
Aquí se puede ver una ”exposición online” de algunos de mis dibujos, con historias en Inglés y traducidos al Castellano en la nueva edición de ”Hinchas de poesía”, una revista bilingüe de literatura y arte, editada desde Los Angeles.

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December 19, 2013 · 8:44 am

a good list

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December 11, 2013 · 11:27 pm

a good list

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December 11, 2013 · 11:27 pm

Migrar es cultura (Spanish and English)

made this video to participate in the project ”Migrar es Cultura” “Migration is Culture,” project  related to the Museo de  America of Madrid.

Este video es mi participación en el proyecto Migrar es Cultura que hace el Museo de America en Madrid, hablo un poco de mis migraciones y leo una traducción de mi poema del inglés al castellano, y el poema en inglés (todas las poemas para Migrar es Cultura tienen que ser max. 6 versos)

http://www.migrarescultura.es/historias/video-poema/

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November 9, 2013 · 9:25 am

http://balkanist.net/fascism-and-the-eu/

Article on the situation of xenophobic European nativism in the Balkanist blog (link above)

In Europe of the twenty-first century, democracy has failed. Liberalism has at the essence of its politics the idea that majoritarianism or rule by a majority that determines the freedom of the minority is undemocratic. Partly then the success of ethnocracy and European ethnic majoritarianism, which has been called ‘nativism’, in the 21st century arises because the nation state with selective immigration policies is totally incompatible with democracy. Because these countries adopted a much harsher immigration policy than, for example, the Germany that had once well-assimilated Turkish immigrants, by keeping immigrants out and away from the right to vote they can maintain the success of the anti-immigrant politics. The major parties in a country like the Netherlands, such as the PvDA, Labor Party, are directly to blame for having built the most detention centers and the toughest anti-foreigner policies. The xenophobia of the core consensus have assisted the success of the right wing Freedom Party, and the Freedom Party helps the extremism of the center, by making it seem as if there is a ”moderate” or politically mild center. The center is an illusion for which the avant garde charlatanism of the Freedom Party and its leader Wilders are the conjurers; the differences between right and and center-progressive remains are mainly rhetorical. The heritage of Protestant toleration has given way since a long time for expressions of ethnic democracy.

And on OpenDemocracy a highly informative article: http://www.opendemocracy.net/markha-valenta/moral-sadism-of-dutch-state

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October 16, 2013 · 8:20 am

http://www.forbes.com/sites/calebmelby/2013/09/17/guns-girls-and-sex-tapes-the-saga-of-billionaire-stewart-rahr-number-one-king-of-all-fun/

There is a tiny flaw in happiness, which renders it potentially worthless:  money buys it.  I have witnessed happiness, yet not participated in it.

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September 28, 2013 · 6:40 pm