Poem in memory of Jose Antonio Burciaga
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San Diego, California
Muralist, artist, poet, writer and community leader Jose Antonio Burciaga died October 7, 1996. He was greatly admired and respected by all who knew him and his work. Several of the murals he created are on the walls of Casa Zapata at Stanford University where he and his wife Cecilia were resident fellows from 1985 to 1994. Among the murals are "Mythology and History of Maiz", "The Spirit of Hoover Tower" and "The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes" which depicts Che Guevara, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Frida Kahlo, Luis Valdez and others. His most recent books are "Spilling the Beans" and "Drink Cultura". Burciaga received the National Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature, 1992, and the American Book Award, 1992 Burciaga was also a founding member of the theatrical comedy company Culture Clash. Those who want to donate funds can do so to the Burciaga Artist Trust, c/o Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St. San Francisco, CA 94110.
The following poem in memory of Burciaga is by the poet Alurista.
u burciaga twhat for the rush and bloody pain
Alurista is recognized as one of the most significant Chicano poets. He was born in 1947 in Mexico City and migrated to San Diego, California, when he was thirteen. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish literature from the University of California, San Diego. Among his other collections of poetry are Floricanto en Aztlan (1971), Spik in Glyph? (1981), Return: Poems Collected and New (1982), and Et Tu ... Raza? (1995). His work played a central role in the Chicano movement of the late 1960s and 1970s and continues to inspire new generations of artists and activists.
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