The City I Love is Destroying Itself

Dr. David Romo is my long-time compañero de la lucha as well as my colleague in the arts. He is a writer and musician, and speaks many languages, a true intellectual and artist. I was privileged to be in a band with him in the late 1990s and have great respect for him in all facets of his work. He is a hero, along with other activistas such as Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyla and others. Nicole Antebi, the writer of this interview, has illustrated it with brilliant animated art.

Longreads

Nicole Antebi | Longreads | November 2018 | 18 minutes (4,438 words)

For the past few years I’ve been working on a topographical film titledFred’s Rainbow Bar and Other Stages on the International Border featuring a variety of animation styles along with live-action and archival imagery to interrogate histories, memories, and imaginings of the border landscapes of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, the region where I grew up. During this time I’ve also been following the incredible story of “Paso Del Sur” a watch group in El Paso who have been fighting to save Duranguito, the oldest barrio in El Paso Texas.

At any time of day or night, a group of older residents can be seen patrolling the Duranguito neighborhood in downtown El Paso, Texas, located across the river from downtown Juárez, Mexico. Historian David Dorado Romo is one of several “Paso Del Sur” figureheads who have…

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Donna Snyder interviewed by Scott Thomas Outlar on Songs of Selah

Interview begins around minute 30, after music.

Scott Thomas Outlar interviews Donna Snyder

reading at Beyond Baroque

reading at Beyond Baroque November 2014

Pictures from the Black Orchid reading

Three Questions for Poet Donna Snyder from Miriam’s Well

Thank you, Miriam Sagan, for including this interview of me in your series found at Miriam’s Well.

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Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond

Questions

What is your personal/aesthetic relationship to the poetic line? That is, how do you understand it, use it, etc.

Aside from childhood efforts, I began writing poetry in my early 30s, without any academic training. I was an obsessive lap swimmer, and my line length tended to be similar in length, read aloud as my natural breath. I soon became aware of the use of lines to emphasize specific words and images. Later, my line breaks began to signal both punctuation and continuation. My writing is innately rhythmic, likely influenced by performing my poetry with a band of musicians, artist, and performance poets from the West Texas/Northern Chihuahua/Southern New Mexico border region.

Do you find a relationship between words and writing and the human body? Or between your writing and your body?

The connection between my body and my poetry is multilayered. I tend to write in an uncalculated…

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El Paso Bar Journal review of Poemas ante el Catafalco: Grief and Renewal, written by Michael R. Wyatt

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El Paso Bar Journal review

El Paso Bar Journal review