stupid america, see that chicano
with a big knife
on his steady hand
he doesn’t want to knife you
he wants to sit on the bench and carve christfigures
but you won’t let him.
stupid america, hear that chicano
shouting curses on the street
he is a poet without paper and pencil
and since he cannot write
he will explode.
stupid america, remember that chicanito
flunking math and english
he is the picasso
of your western states
but he will die
with one thousand masterpieces
hanging only from his mind.
Milwaukee’s Chicano Reading Circle will be meeting for the first time this year on 1/26/13. This Circulo de Lectores’ first piece for discussion will be Arturo Madrid’s keynote address to the Puerto Rican Studies Association at the University of Albany, in Albany New York that took place October 25th 2012.
Below I have pasted his transcribed speech.
Their America, Our América and Our Responsibility as Latina/o Scholars
My morning ritual involves getting up, folding my San Marcos covers, sitting in silence en la sala next to Zeus my Frenchie pillow to clear my mind and thank Diosito for another day followed by the usual preps of getting ready for work. Stuff like doing my hair (un chonguito or trenza), grabbing a yogurt, perhaps an English muffin with that 50/50 Jalapeno schmear/cream cheese mix, packing a gym bag, getting into my lil’ mini cooper and driving to get a cup of coffee. Although a drive-tru establishment would be ideal, it’s hard to land one in downtown MKE (yes, la ‘gueba is real).
On the Battle Grounds:
So, this morning, as I am ordering my usual drink (soy Caramel Brulée Latte during the winter) I discover that Wisconsin is testing the Caramel Flan Latte. They launched it today Jan. 2nd 2013, so I had to try it.
"I’ll have a venti… caramel…. wait, is that a flan latte?! I’ll have that," I expressed to the barrista.
In my true millennial style, I immediately tweet about how I’m ordering this beverage and how I would post a review for those that care.
(not the actual picture)
I picked up the damn venti cup—which I figured was a dumb move since I was trying this out for the first time and if I hated it I would be stuck with 20 oz of liquid garbage. Ni modo I had that “pa’arriba, pa’abajo, pa` el centro y pa’ dentro” mentality seeing that today was my Monday equivalent after all the new year merriments.
So I took the first sip: It started off with an unpleasant kick of sweetness. Hijos de la chingada, this is sweet. Is the whip cream 100% caramel, too? Note to self: next time, no whip. When I finally got to the actual beverage, I was transported to the anxiety of cutting into a real flan… you know, that Russian roulette feeling that it might be a good flan, like my Tia Judith’s choco-flan, or nasty like la comadre de mi Tia Soco—una senora media cuachalota that made flan for mi Tia Soco during turkey day festivities… I honestly don’t know what prompted me to taste that shit in the first place. As we all know, not all flan is created equal and it appears in many cultures with varieties in name & ingredients. The scale in my mind was ready, ranging from choco-flan delicious, to flan-de- la-comadre-cuachalota-awful.
Regular flan is sugar liquefied that is then set aside for hardening (to create the top coat), a mixture of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and more sugar, tons of it, drizzled in caramel. As the least sweet tooth inclined person on earth, the sugarload was very overbearing & dreadful. I wanted coffee, and ended up with 20 oz of undertones of the flan-de- la-comadre-cuachalota, loaded with sugar! I knew I should have ordered a tall….or stuck with the original caramel latte.
Moral of the story:
Don’t expect authentic flan flavor. Starbucks is trying, right? Didn’t they also launch a “Chantico” chocolate beverage that was short lived? I guess these ethnic flairs start of as a good idea, but quickly fizzle. Will I order this again? Maybe I will to figure out how many pumps of this flan-flavored sweetener will make it “just right.” I like coffee & its sabor and this flan/coffee seems to be a combination that is doomed for failure. I’m still chugging water because the coat of what feels like a layer of butter, has taken over my mouth. #TragameTierra
Graphic Art made for the 50 For Freedom of Speech Event in Milwaukee
Organizing the creation of an underground library in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in solidarity with the Librotraficante movement. The Librotraficante movement was originally founded by Tony Diaz in response to the dismantling of the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, Arizona. For more information, visit www.librotraficante.com