Spicaresque:

A Spanglish blog dedicated to the works, ruminations, and mongrel pyrotechnics of Yago S. Cura, an Argentine-American poet, translator, publisher & futbol cretin. Yago publishes Hinchas de Poesia, an online literary journal, & is the sole proprietor of Hinchas Press.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

GHAZAL FOR JAMES FOLEY






“Mr. [James] Foley converted to Islam soon after his capture and adopted the name Abu Hamza”—Oct. 25, 2014 N.Y. Times article, “The Horror Before the Beheadings”

 
 Hard for me to believe Jimbo didn’t convert under duress.
Although, I have always known him spiritually curious.

Easier to believe he proved syrup at fangs of alien vampires
intent on making him pay, leaving us lot spiritually curious.

Jimbo adopts name Abu Hamza because Hamza’s famous
for riding into Battle of Badir with an ostrich feather in his turban.
(how spiritually curious of him, no doubt!).

Hamza was late convert to Islam; Jimbo came to journalism a seasoned teacher.
Both proved paladin interlopers, distinguished ball-busters of spirit: curious.

También, the manner in which both are cut down early in life, apenitas
after egress of civilians on H.D.M.I. proves too easy, of little spiritual curiosity.

Tell me Abu, how does an Abyssinian slave gamble on their manumission
by chucking a javelin into the abdomen of an O.G.-General, spiritually curious?

How does one roam into a sitch so egregiously far from Lake Winnipesaukee?
How does one prevent their liver from turning into jewelry of spiritual curiosities?

Jimbo picks Moe’s right-hand man (I’m talking about Hamza here) because Jimbo knows Gabriel only shows himself to deniers of emerald escalators, not the spiritually curious.

Tell me Abu, why should I forgive the rabid—the rabbled, wracked with graphic cabals?
Estos matadores en balaclavas tyranny the Just, pimp Justice, and claim spiritual curiousity.

Torture ain’t stop Jimbo programming: specialist lectures, tournaments of Risk, faux
wrestling matches between the captives. For what? Morale, and to not lose spirit and curiosity.

Abu is kindness performed with militance; Jimbo is witness subsumed with service.
Quizas, juntos, as adjuncts they eradicate flags, shatter cisterns, dissuade countries to stand behind their spiritual curiosity.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES COUNTY JAIL SONNETS 11 & 12


This is one is based on a little segment I did with KCRW's Sonic Trace called "Use Big Words." You can listen to the segment, here.



In this one I am speaking directly with the ghost of Frederick Douglass, and directly to my students inside the L.A. County Jail.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES COUNTY JAIL SONNET #8


No. 8 in a series. Heavily told me that a series is called a corona, and I have yet to confirm that but Heavily knows his shit so it's more than highly probable. I have No. 9 and No. 10 in the register of my typewriter. in this corona, the speaker is teaching "Life of Frederick Douglass," to English classes of women inmates at CRDF and male inmates at TTCF in the Los Angeles County Jail.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

COPA POETICA INTRODUCTION ROUGH DRAFT


HNDP MUSIC & DIGITAL ARTS TRUCK KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

 
There are several worthy charities in Los Angeles; the city of Angels purports a great amount of wealth and affluence, but there are also deep pockets of poverty and criminality. Hard N Da Paint is an organization that has been running programs in Los Angeles for the past 5 years through Self Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles.

The students and facilitators have made incredible gains over these past five years; it’s time to take HNDP to the next level. Over this time, HNDP affected thousands of youth with their popular open-mic series, and have individually mentored hundreds through the group's intensive music development workshops. The good people at Hard N Da Paint are giving teen Angelenos an alternative to institutionalized lives of poverty, low-expectations, and criminality.

Their programs give adolescents the confidence they need to value the things they dream; therefore, would you please consider donating to this amazing organization and spreading the word so that this group raises the monies they so desperately desire to become mobile and affect a greater outreach of their efforts, knowledge capital, and know-how.

Kickstarter campaign: here



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

GRAND ROUNDS @ GRAND PARK

6/17/14

Dear Elana & Camilo

I wanted to write something to help you document the impact “Grand Rounds” had on my life as a working-class denizen of Los Angeles; at the same time, I wanted to create a response to your project that labored against the projected impermanence of your project. While the objective of your project was certainly not to record the “proceedings,” I thought I might write something that recorded the proceedings as my closed-circuit televisions system interpreted them. This letter are those thoughts; or more importantly, the letters of this letter comprise that letter which is itself a cipher for something larger than what it refers to (and cue the etcetera barges, etc.).

First off, I need for you to know that it was a pain in the ass to get to “Grand Rounds," an informal discussion (and free, brown-bag lunch) at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles (courtesy of Elana Mann and Camilo Cruz) because I had to take the Long Beach line in to Hope and 7th Avenue. At the same time, the fact that I was able to get to Grand Park through Los Angeles Metro should be noted as a civic victory, wouldn’t you agree? I especially think this in a city where car manufacturers and highway developers colluded so egregiously to eradicate public transportation. In addition, I walked to Grand Park from the terminus of the Expo Line (again, Hope and 7th), which gave me a good ten minutes of flâneuring. And, it was a super-nice day; I half expected there was going to be an earthquake because the day was so super-freakishly nice. But, as a pain-in-the-ass east-coaster, half of my operating directive (charm) is to refuse the impulse to own a car; the other half is spent complaining about the public transportation I do utilize. You and I both know we need me to tell everyone why they’re doing it wrong.

I accepted Camilo’s invite because I was interested in the admixture of city, county, and non-profit overlords that were scheduled to participate in “Grand Rounds" on that particular day. I figured at the very worst, it was going to be like a super-awkward interview, and at the very best it was going to be like talking to the supervisors of all the agents and telephone associates that put me on hold for inordinate amounts of time. However, once the free lunches started getting passed around, people let down their guards and opened up a little. I enjoyed participating in “Grand Rounds," because I felt like the ship I run as an English teacher in the L.A. County Jail is the same ship being steered in other public-service sectors of Los Angeles city and county cliques. As a patient of psychotherapy, I’ve learned the aim of talking to a psychologist is to get yourself to enunciate your ailment, and declare your prowess for change; in much the same way, “Grand Rounds," allowed me to talk to people (people just like me) who do too much with too little; and, we got to enunciate our ailments, diagnose our better practices, and share an authentic brown-bag lunch at high noon in Grand Park.

Thank You Immensely!

Yago S. Cura

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ONE DAY BEFORE THE CUP

Mata, martial chipper, finisher, PhD in Double-Tap
Striking Viking
James Rodriguez, Monaco buzzflap, scalpel incubator,
Colombian Dolomite
Matty Ryan, General in Yellow, Sergeant of Arms of Arms,
Flipping Booter
Aissa Mandi, wizard of dribbling, he springs goals from
their penitentiaries
Jo, daddy long legs, works the box like a boxing bag with
Sine Loco jabs
Aguero, el Kun, B Boy Big Kahuna, face musher,
hockey body checker
Neyman, smirker, Dirk Diggler juggling most fluorescent
tennis ball
Dempsey, goofball, Howitzer technician, shoots from
outside the Possible
Boateng, floater, cumulous bombardier, galloping
cloud seeder sans spurs
Podolski, femur blaster, leg munitionist, Germany’s
Roiling Rockette
Forlan, tiny witch, hand-to-hand crone spanking
the snot out the balon

Saturday, May 31, 2014