iván BRAVE

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Blanco Brown: a story of sacrifice in Aztlán

Blanco Brown: a story of sacrifice in Aztlán

6 March 2019

for Gloria Anzaldúa   Open your eyes. Over you stands an eagle-looking priest with an obsidian knife in his hand, ready to cut open your chest from throat to stomach. It’s for a god you do not believe in, but because your hands are tied, you better believe.   Dizzy, the rough of the sacrificial […]

Where does inspiration come from? (A Lyric)

Where does inspiration come from? (A Lyric)

27 February 2019

A poignant question, and I seem to have but an hour to ponder the thought. Thus I invite you to take your index finger and run it along the cracks of your vanity mirror, get it out of your matrix. This one’s on the penny side to-day. Ride.   Is it fair to call it […]

A Draught of München: Chapter Excerpt from The Summer Abroad

A Draught of München: Chapter Excerpt from The Summer Abroad

23 February 2019

Big-breasted women, five steins a hand, and charming men in green, short-short overalls stuffed each other’s mouths with bratwurst and beer till they couldn’t rock no more. Bavaria. Its capital: München. Things played out a little differently there for the boys and me, who had gotten used to the exaggerations of Italy and indulgences of […]

Artistic Prostitution: the Bottom Line

Artistic Prostitution: the Bottom Line

16 February 2019

This blogger knows he is about to walk through a room cluttered with cliches (ex, “Art for art’s sake,” “Business is an art,” “Selling out,” “Get ya money”), but stepping past each one, eyeing them a second, so as to reach the clear corner of the room, to breathe.   Today’s target vocabulary: Artistic prostitution, […]

An interview: with the Lord of the Pismire, Rick

An interview: with the Lord of the Pismire, Rick

7 February 2019

“Rick was a bro, a gentleman seen few and far between, of a caliber unknown to the race of man, the headless baton twirler in a parade called Life, a backpacker extraordinaire, a counter-demon and Lord of the Pismire. Rick Callaghan.” (The Summer Abroad, Part III, Chapter 8.)   Thus we find Rick, one of […]

Food, enstranged

Food, enstranged

31 January 2019

Have you ever wondered what makes a great piece of literature? Theorist Viktor Shlovsky believed that what a good story was was this, one that sticks around, plays with us, remains. However, to achieve that “long-lasting effect” in a work of art takes a specific set of devices. Like poetic speech. In our phonetic and […]

Airport Birds

Airport Birds

16 January 2019

It came to my attention that I should focus on deepening my characters. As it goes, things should actually happen in a story. Funny, because I have known for a while that my personages spend a lot of time thinking. What’s wrong with thinking. That some people don’t want to read it. While everyone wants […]

A Little Christmas Introspection

A Little Christmas Introspection

29 December 2018

It occurs to me that, were I to exaggerate, I have never needed to write. My writing comes from a place of want. I want to write. The struggle is, in this case, when one wants to write, that the quality of the work comes into question. Wanting, one invests time, writes from desire or […]

A character unexpectedly bumps into his or her soulmate, literally.

A character unexpectedly bumps into his or her soulmate, literally.

25 December 2018

(. . . the story of a magician and a sorceress.)   The magician dashed off stage. He had been ridiculed for his fast-sprouting carnations, yet again. No more flower tricks at these open mics, he begrudged, they don’t care for nature fast or slow. Not to mention, being booed for your favorite spell sucked […]

Five Travel Poems (June – July 2018)

Five Travel Poems (June – July 2018)

12 December 2018

Why not get into the holiday spirit with some lines? These I wrote while traveling this past summer. They feel warm to me, silly, carefree, and yearning.  Skim them, or sit on a word for a long time. They are here to keep you company. Personally I like the last one the best.     […]

You have to be a poet (a proof by mathematical induction)

You have to be a poet (a proof by mathematical induction)

21 November 2018

You have to be a poet to do just about anything.   You have to be a poet to translate another’s words. Only poets care enough about language to clearly convey one person’s thought to a different person’s understanding. Any other type of translator will blur the message. The best translators are then as transparent […]

Success, a NYC interview story

Success, a NYC interview story

22 October 2018

Pasó así, Papá, y aunque pese, como lo viví te lo narro, en inglés:   Completely cut off from chance, no hope, only needs and responsibilities. I got home at 1 PM from working a four-hour at the language school. I would talk about that shift later in the day, when it came to answering […]

Distance, a Lyric (trying to make sense of some senselessness)

Distance, a Lyric (trying to make sense of some senselessness)

13 October 2018

“At a distance, you only see my light / Come closer, and know that I am you” RUMI   Distance. Distance. Poem or essay or lyric on Distance. What are your thoughts, philosophical or not, on such a topic?   [Preamble concludes, deflate the diaphragm, let in air.]   That’s all there is between us, […]

Thank you David Lehman and American Scholar

Thank you David Lehman and American Scholar

23 August 2018

For the prompt and for featuring my poem August 7th on the following article:   https://theamericanscholar.org/how-to-cheat/#.W3g0AcInbIU   ∀ Clothes pins, presumably, because of how these poems were pinned up one by one