The Bihl Haus will be chock full of poetry and art, so bring chalk (or use some of ours) and a short poem (or make one up on the spot) to chalk on our wall this coming Friday evening, September 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, when we celebrate “Cinco de VIA,” five years of VIA’s “Poetry on the Move” program. We’ll also launch VIA’s new book, also titled Cinco de VIA ($10); many of the 100+ poets and artists will be on hand to autograph it. The evening includes poolside Flamenco by duo Toro Flores on marimba and Michael Garza on guitar, plus antojitos y limonada o sangria.
In Defense of Tamales, by Carmen Tafolla
After nine days on a New Age fast, cleansing the evils of innocence
I proudly, rebelliously, voraciously, consumed a tamal
savoring the political statement on my tongue like a century of spices
rolling the corn-based cultural affirmation in my mouth like masa
The sensual sting of the red chile of my soul’s survival
slipped through my lips like the luxuries of Moctezuma’s banquet
Eight thousand years of heritage avenged, my stomach at last filled
with the warmth of golden treasure, at the kitchen table of home
The exhibition continues through October 4. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 1-4 pm, or by appointment. The “Cinco de VIA” book ($10) will be available for purchase at Bihl Haus during the opening, and thereafter at The Twig.