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By Cherríe L. Moraga

ISBN-10: 0822349779

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A Xicana Codex of fixing realization features essays and poems by way of Cherríe L. Moraga, the most influential figures in Chicana/o, feminist, queer, and indigenous activism and scholarship. Combining relocating own tales with trenchant political and cultural critique, the author, activist, instructor, dramatist, mom, daughter, comadre, and lesbian lover seems again at the first ten years of the twenty-first century. She considers decade-defining public occasions equivalent to Sept. 11 and the crusade and election of Barack Obama, and he or she explores socioeconomic, cultural, and political phenomena in the direction of domestic, sharing her fears approximately elevating her son amid expanding city violence and the numerous kinds of dehumanization confronted by means of younger males of colour. Moraga describes her deepening grief as she loses her mom to Alzheimer’s; can pay poignant tribute to neighbors who passed on to the great beyond, together with the sculptor Marsha Gómez and the poets Alfred Arteaga, Pat Parker, and Audre Lorde; and provides a heartfelt essay approximately her own and political dating with Gloria Anzaldúa.

Thirty years after the booklet of Anzaldúa and Moraga’s assortment This Bridge known as My Back, a landmark of women-of-color feminism, Moraga’s literary and political praxis continues to be stimulated by means of and intertwined with indigenous spirituality and her id as Chicana lesbian. but facets of her considering have replaced over the years. A Xicana Codex of adjusting Consciousness unearths key changes in Moraga’s inspiration; the breadth, rigor, and philosophical intensity of her paintings; her perspectives on modern debates approximately citizenship, immigration, and homosexual marriage; and her deepening involvement in transnational feminist and indigenous activism. it's a significant assertion from one in all our most vital public intellectuals.

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Still, I don’t see them that much anymore. There was a time, living in New York City in the early eighties, when I ran with a buncha white and Black literary girls and we had a shared purpose. Cuz I was still thinking kind of in black and white back then, never naming, except with great pains in my own private writings, what really tormented my soul at night: a desire for return more primordial than any simple cross-country relocation to Califas could fulfill. A longing for that Mexican Indian “Madre” waiting for me at home in the body of my relatives here and gone, in the body of a woman my age and wanting.

I also fear the loss of Nuevo México to New York artists; the loss of Mexican Indian curanderismo to new age “healers”; the loss of Día de los Muertos to a San Francisco–style celebration of Halloween; the loss of indigenous tribal and familial social structures to the nuclear family (gay and straight); the cultural loss for children of color through adoption by white parents (gay and straight); the loss of art to commerce. ” I never knew I would experience it this way; this intimate sense of a pueblo in the body of a boy.

The United States does not need to be defended; it needs to be cured. The collective denial of guilt in this country weighs so heavily upon its national psyche that soon the day will come when not one scapegoat (neither Muslim fundamentalist, Mexican immigrant, nor lesbian of color) will be able to carry it. I work forward to that day. 33 An Irrevocable Promise / 2002 s ta g i n g t h e s t o ry x i C a n a The ceremony always begins for me in the same way . . always with the hungry woman. Always the place of disquiet (inquietud) moves the writing to become a kind of excavation, an earth-dig of the spirit found through the body.

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