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Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano Featuring Nina Serrano Poems

Presented at  the Alice Walker Event, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart, Part 2

October 18, 2018, KPFA Benefit of Alice Walker reading at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, California.

Nina Serrano and Alice Walker talking to audience members after the event and readings of Nina Serrano Poems.
Nina Serrano and Alice Walker talking to audience members after the event and readings of Nina Serrano Poems.

Nina Serrano Poems

Nina Serrano Poems forms Part Two of Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano’s presentation of Alice Walker reading from “Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart” at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, California. (For Part 1, click here.) The video begins with the reading of my own poems and concludes with more poems from my Heart Suite Trilogy. This blog post is the second part of my three-episode video series of the Alice Walker event. The third and concluding episode, coming next, covers our conversation and audience feedback.

I was excited from the day Bob Baldock invited me to host Alice Walker reading from her new book of poems, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart (2018, Simon and Schuster, Bilingual Edition) at a live KPFA benefit. When I actually read the book, I went from excited to thrilled. It spoke to all the arrows in my own heart just recently recovered from heart valve replacement surgery.

Bob said it would be a simple format. I am introduced, I introduce Alice Walker, she reads from her new book of poems, for a half hour and I read my own poems for 10 minutes. This would be followed by the two of us speaking together. Yes, I could do that. But, I blanched at the idea of my local poet poems with her world famous poems. But then, I realized they are both poems from our wounded though still beating activist hearts. Yes, I could do that! !Si, se puede!

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