Wednesday, June 07, 2006

coming up...

on Friday or Saturday, we here at the Compound, the weird denziens of UPRIGHT, will be bringing you another guest columnist. our next writer will tackle the World Cup of Soccer (no pun intended) and link it to the poetry and arts of each country discussed. his column will appear regularly during the Cup with updates and lots of links to the games and the writers being covered. hopefully this will generate an interesting conversation inre: comparative literature, our place in the world as American writers and maybe even teach us something new. we trust you will find Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal to be a great writer and a true believer in the power of poetry, in the power of the Artform (read a tease of his work here).

please welcome him and join in the conversation.


Blogger j.b said...

welcome, Luis.

i'm jazzed up about this experiment. can't wait to see what you do with it.

great idea!

10:30 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

yep it's gonna be a good one. I've had a sneak preview in the editing phase and it is shaping up nicely.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Luis said...

thanks J.B. & Chris. I'm drinking my coffee, eating some pound cake, made for me by a kind co-worker, because tomorrow will be my birthday. I can't wait for these games to begin. I also can't wait for the NBA championship to begin tomorrow. I hope to get the article out as soon as I can & look foward to some feedback, good or bad.

2:01 AM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

lemme be the first to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY LCB! one of the finest human beings I have the pleasure to know.

enjoy it my friend. we are glad to have you writing.

2:40 AM  
Blogger Partisanpoet said...

Happy Birthday Luis! I hope you got the day off from work. I look forward to seeing your postings just as I'm always glad to see your fine poetry in the BCR.

Best wishes for a happy & inspired year.

7:42 AM  
Blogger j.b said...

Happy Birthday, Luis. I echo CC and pp's comments. you're one of the nicest, kindest, most generous individuals i know (and i've never even met you!) and i hope you have a fabulous birthday.

i also second your anticipation for the NBA finals. should be a good one. as for soccer, i'm not a huge fan, but i love the idea of tying each team to one of their nation's poets. brilliant.

11:27 AM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

I myself am not a fan of any organized, corporate sponsored, big salary, riot inducing, time consuming, rivalry encouraging, competitive single mindedness instilling, drunken, crooked, large scale sporting events of any kind, type, shape, flavor, color, description from the college level (and occasionally high school level) on up.

BUT I AM greatly looking forward to Luis' posts on the Cup for its deep perspective on the arts and cultures of the associated countries, which you NEVER get in any sort of real way in the coverage here in the U.S. and when the MEAT of something is combative but done in a way that isn't WAR, it is a pleasure to witness humanitites ability to solve problems intelligently and within the realm of sanity.

this is gonna be a great one.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Luis said...

I didn't want to comment on
hooliganism, which does occur
in sporting events, not just
soccer; even in America there
are riots, burning cars, broken
shop windows when some teams
win a championship. In the current National Geographic Magazine one of the writers commented on the Costa Rican hooligans and a sports fan wrote in the forum section of the Magazine, how he was disappointed in the article, because its focus was mainly on the negative aspects. I know in the Saudi Arabian section I mentioned how a poet went to jail for writing an article against corruption (but I did not focus on hooliganism in their sport). Well, thanks for the comments. I'm sure to get more. I know I didn't mention many worthy poets, but perhaps later. Let the game & poetry begin.

6:03 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

no no, I didn't mean to imply that, I think your angle is the ONLY ONE that has REAL merit when it comes to sport, that is, as METAPHOR for a larger context of multinationalism's ability to WORK, to show the connectivity between "us and them" (so to speak).

I'm glad you wrote what you did, in the way you did it. good show.

6:08 PM  

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