Poems

Poems Capture the Now of Fleeting Moments

Wondering, by Nina Serrano (p.25, Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012)

Wondering, by Nina Serrano (p.25, Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012)

The Mexican Artists, Diego Rivera, said “I paint what I see.”  In my poems, I write what I feel in the moment I am living, surrounded by history and swimming in my immediate environment. To introduce you to my poetry and to share these moments, I am offering here, on the posts attached to this page, poems that capture the now of fleeting events. As a poet, I am the historian of my perceptions as they pass.  Born of the inspiration and impetus to write them down, these poems are like the thoughts that everyone experiences and are offered with the hope that they will inspire you to write down yours.

Often before falling asleep, I review the events of the day. By morning the images, phrases and insights dissolve with the rising sun of daily life.  But at rare times, something sticks and will not fade until it gets written down.  That is the moment I am being a poet. The moment I commit to it in writing and work with it.  Molding, shaping and breathing life into it so it can fly away into the shared ambiance called art.

About Nina Serrano: Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.com or contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, paulrichards@estuarypress.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.

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The Mission Story Poem text

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