By Gloria Anzaldúa
Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa's event as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a author, the groundbreaking essays and poems during this quantity profoundly challenged how we predict approximately identification. Borderlands/La Frontera remapped our knowing of what a "border" is, seeing it now not as an easy divide among the following and there, us and them, yet as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits we all. This twentieth-anniversary variation positive aspects new commentaries from favorite activists, artists, and academics at the legacy of Gloria Anzaldúa's visionary work.
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My child, but not for much longer. ue, dove, horse,. serpent, cactus. Though it lsa flawed thing~a clumsy, complex, groping blind thing~for me it is alive, infused with spirit. I talk to it; it talks to me. I make my offerings of incense and cra,cked corn, Hght my candle. In my head I sometimes will say a prayer~an affirmation and a voicing of intent. Then I run water, wash the dishes or my underthings, take a bath, or mop the kitchen floor. , sometimes hours. But always I go against a resistanc,e.
Chicanas who grew up speaking Chicano Spanish have imernalized the belief that we speak poor Spanish. It is illegitimate, a basrardllanguag,e. And because we imemalize how our ]anguage has been used against uS by the dominam culture, we use our language diHerencesagainst each other. Chicana feminists often skirt around each other with suspicion and hesitation. FOl:' the longest time I couldn't figure it OUt. it dawned on me. To be dose to another Chicana is like looking imo the mirror. We are afraid of what we'll see there.
He eaido.. re entrega. Mi pecado no es larebeldia ni el anajamiento. ue soy.. Traicione a mi camino. Ya veras, tan bajo que me he caido. A qui nOma! mdome la cara con tasulias. Esa Gloria querechaza entregarse a su destino. Quierocontenerme, no puedo y desbordo. Vas ha ver to alto que voya subir" aqui vengo. 'the gaping mouth slit hean from mind. Between the two eyes in her bead, the tongueless magical eye and the loquacious rational 'eye, was fa rajadura, the abyss that no bridge could span. Separated, they could not visit each other and each was too far away to hear what the other was saying.
Borderlands/La Frontera. The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa