Welcome to My Poetry Page
My poetry/poems are journal entries from my heart and my dreams. My poetic world encompasses my friends, family, home, community, city, travels, including death, birth, menstruation, menopause, youth, aging, cosmology, seasons, nature and the eternal mysteries of life.
Love passed over us like a cloud.
The air was filled with sandalwood and secrets.
It could have gone on forever
but clouds, like the moon,
have schedules and duties to perform.
So we moved on
to rush through love.
I began writing poetry in 1969 and continue up to the present. These 44 years of poetry writings are now published in a trilogy of poetry books entitled Heart Suite. Volume one is Heart Songs, Collected Poems of Nina Serrano (1969-1979). Volume 2 is Heart’s Journey, Selected Poems 1980-1999. And volume three is Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012. All are available on this web site in paperback and ebook formats.
Dreams of a room
with a door half open
spirits move through the crack in the door
the door shuts
on another world of events
I can’t remember
You will find texts of my poems, poetry videos and audio recordings of my readings and the poetry scene I am immersed in, as well as upcoming events. I participate in many poetry readings in the San Francisco Bay Area regularly where I present my latest works and hear the poetry of my contemporaries, whose poems and concerns deeply influence me.
Barrio Hand Greeting
fist to fist
The innocent infant in his happiness
looks at me with such open love
as he would melt to be part of me
Part of me he is
Yet all his own
It is a lovely world he is born into
Flowers bloom for him for the first time
He loves without fear of loss or the end of love
The end of love is the loneliest place of all
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.comor contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Ninaon 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit estuarypress.com for more details.
MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; email@example.com