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Yellow Crowned Night Heron   Leave a comment

Yellow Crowned Night Neron blogYellow Crowned Night Herons, San Antonio River Walk — Image by kenne

Stop searching the world for treasure, the real treasure is in yourself.

— Pablo Valle

Not so the evening primroses . . .   2 comments

Kickback Rock 07-30-12Cutleaf Evening Primrose — Image by kenne

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by Wendy Barker

Light splotches on the bed,
mesmerizing the morning.
Why rise from this dazzle?

But outside the kitchen door,
the first time in years, flickering
in the pittosporum’s froth, a dozen

dozen Monarch butterflies ignite
the green, their white freckled patches
shifting, rapid as a blink, and gone.

Not so the evening primroses
that open as the light is leaving
and remains even as the moon lifts

from the trees, even as you sit
steady above your book, until
you rise, and bring me your hands.

(Windy Barker is a poet and critic, and teaches literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Windy has been involved in several “Writer’s In Performance” events over the years.)

“HealthCare” — ” But, No On Cares” from Carmen Tafolla’s Poem, “HeathCare, The Sign Says”   Leave a comment

Carmen Tafolla Collage blogCarmen Tafolla — Images by kenne

It was a little over six years ago that I first met Carmen Tafolla. She was the March, 2007, guest reader at Montgomery College’s (now Long Star College – Montgomery) “Writer’s In Performance” series. I was impressed!

Carmen, a native of the West-Side barrios of San Antonio, Texas is an excellent writer, but first and foremost a storyteller. Often her readings includes taking on the persona of the person in the poem, as shown in two of the photos in the above collage (an older women and a child). Carmen is very inspirational — she touches your heart.

As a storyteller, Carmen follows the instruction from a historian, which she writes about in the poem, “The Storykeeper:”

Ask the whispers, she whispers,
breathed out in unguarded moments,
when the soul is too worn down to hurt more,
in the numbness of the night,
when the father wrestles with the unwritten history,
pleading to save it, speak it, bury it,
staring at the pluma across the room,
avoiding the paper.

from the poem “The Storykeeper” in the book of poems, Sonnets and Salsa

Even though I like to think I’m relatively up to date with the southwest literary world, I was surprised to learn yesterday that last March, 2012, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro  appointed Carmen Tafolla as the inaugural poet laureate — an honor well deserved.

The University of Arizona houses one of the best known centers of poetry, “Poetry Center,” in the country; yet after doing a site search I learned that Carmen Tafolla has never read there, which I difficult hard to believe — wondering out load (in print), WHY! The Poetry Center should invite this unique Southwestern voice to read in Tucson.

We do know that many in Tucson are aware of Carmen Tafolla, since one of her books, “Curandera” was banned  Tucson Unified School District’s unprecedented censorship and massive removal of Latino and Mexican American literature and texts from its classroom. As a result, and in honor of the book’s 30th anniversary, Wings Press reissued a special “Banned in Arizona!” edition, of “Curandera.”

kenne

(The title of this posting, “HealthCare” — ” But, No On Cares” is a line from Carmen Tafolla’s poem, “HealthCare” the sign says.)

Capturing The Moment — West Texas On Canvas & Family   4 comments

This past week we visited family in San Antonio and Houston, stopping in Ft. Stockton over night before arriving in San Antonio.

Grandson, Nicholas, who will be seven September 13th.

Nicholas, Mom (Katie) and three-plus month old Kenne Jaxson.

Mom with Kenne Jaxson (Jax)

Nicholas — Images by kenne

Morning Sunrise in West Texas — “Hope Coming To Texas”   Leave a comment

“Hope Coming To Texas” — Image by kenne from Kate’s iPhone

After several years in Ft. Collins, Katie, Nicholas and Matt are moving back to Texas — San Antonio, specifically.

Windmills of Hope

Arriving in Texas
where pickups are still king

Yellow buses grazing 
under a cotton-ball sky

Extreme traffic on the right
sensible on the left

Just remember
I ain’t your dude

You can’t buy me with
a “Two-Step” lottery card

Make it a beer or two
at the old saloon

Times are different
so continue lying to me 

kenne

 

Image by Katie Turner Bailey

San Antonio Viesta Video   2 comments

On April 24th I posted an entry on our trip to San Antonio with a link to photos.  I have now completed a video on the trip.The video is in HD, so you may want to click on HD after you start the video.

kenne

Posted April 28, 2009 by kenneturner in Family, Life

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San Antonio Visit — Family Photos   1 comment

san-antonio-april-2009-6237-blogAudrey, Joy and James

Some of the Family Meets In San Antoniosan-antonio-april-2009-collage-ii-blog1

Last year, many of us went to Virginia to visit April, Audrey, and Jason, so this year it was their turn to come to Texas.

However, they chose to meet us in San Antonio rather than come to Houston. Since some of the Morris family lives in the San Antonio area, most of us in Houston were able to go to San Antonio.

As you will see from the photos (video to come later), the new babies got all the attention; Audrey and James  —

they are so cute.

kenne

(Photo Set)

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Posted April 24, 2009 by kenneturner in Family, Photography

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