Tuesday, May 5, 2009


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.


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.


MountainLaurel said...

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

Heather McChesney said...


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.