Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Africando


Rat - tat- tat
The pulse of seduction
Swaying bodies lost in rhythm
History, tradition
cascading in rippling waves
of sound, music, muscle, temptation.
Waaaaaant - waaaaahhhhhh
Moaning horns
Sights of satisfaction mirror the brass and metal
Reflecting eyes and heaving chests
With the rhythm of a sultry fiesta
they tango in touch.

3 comments:

Heather McChesney said...

My students complete this assignment every year. You can see their newest Dave Thomas responses at riversidehighschoolenglish.blogspot.com
Due to the nature of my piece, I opted to post it on my own blog rather than on a student centered blog.

Thanks!

MountainLaurel said...

Lovely! Have you read any Afro-Cuban poets? This reminds me of their works.

Heather McChesney said...

MountainLaurel,

Thanks! Every year I have my students do a response piece to this particular Dave Thomas piece. I'm sure I influence their direction a bit due to the fact that when I look at the picture I think Cuba,Central and South American food and influence, African beats, sweat, movement. I end up blairing Africando music while we workshop. So yes, there is an influence there.

Secondly, when I was working on my undergraduate degree I took a ton of Spanish language classes, FLIT classes (many of which were South, Central American/Island pieces of literature). I also dated a man who was Mexican American and taught/attending WVU while I was there. He was heavily involved in the Latino Clubs and outtings. I met many great people from all over and was exposed to much through him and his affiliation.