Scenes from the San Francisco International Poetry Festival

Intense reading last night for the second Main Stage reading of the San Francisco International Poetry Festival with almost three hours of poetry from around the world. Literally.

You can feel festival curator Jack Hirschman’s aesthetic echo through all the readers with a clear emphasis on pointed political poetry with an urgency embedded in its verse and its recitation.

Some personal highlights: Georges Castera/Joj Kastra poetry was alive with the sounds of Haiti and seriously inspired me to include the unique rhythms and sounds of the Bronx in more of my poems. Sasha Pimentel Chacón was intense and lyrical in both her multi-part poem and multi-voice duet with Janice Mirakatani. And I was real glad to hear the work of fellow Ecuadorian, Carla Badillo Coronado, whose poems were great.

Off to more Festival events but here are some pics from last night.

Author: Oscar Bermeo

Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of the chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below, and To the Break of Dawn. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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