Chinaka Hodge: What will you tell your daughters about 2016?
Chinaka Hodge: ¿Qué les dirás a tus hijas del 2016?
Poet, playwright, filmmaker and educator Chinaka Hodge uses her own life and experiences as the backbone of wildly creative, powerful works. Full bio
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strewn about our morning papers,
esparcidos en los periódicos matutinos,
of our sisters, spouses, small children.
hermanas, esposas, hijas pequeñas.
when she asks, as she certainly should,
te pregunte, como sin duda lo hará,
we didn't own it outright.
la libertad, no éramos sus propietarias.
for every way we used our privates
que usáramos nuestra intimidad
nuestros suaves pliegues,
por el consentimiento,
that enforced them.
que los frenaran.
against the outlines of our fallen,
contra los contornos de nuestras caídas,
and moved with courageous abandon
y nos movimos con valiente abandono
en que miramos fijamente,
hundidas y esquivadas,
ducked and parried,
collected death threats,
recogiendo amenazas de muerte,
and found a running mate,"
sentar cabeza y encontrar compañero",
shamed nothing but fear,
humilladas solo por el miedo,
to be docile or small.
ha transcurrido dócil o pequeño.
that we were women,
que éramos mujeres,
de solidaridad en serio.
and some of us did not,
y algunas no,
whether that made us real
si eso nos hace auténticas,
or heir to your triumph,
o heredera de tu triunfo,
de convertirse en mujer,
teetering towards woman,
Were you fearful or fearsome?
¿Fuiste temerosa o temible?
de tu arrepentimiento?
en el año cuando era el momento?
in the year it was time?
which bones had to break?
que huesos se quebraron?
y estás bien, mamá?
about the arc of your brow,
por el arco de tus cejas,
already carried so much, wants to know
what light did you keep from extinction?
qué luz no dejaste apagar.
víctimas en la noche,
or were you roused?
what did you do with your privilege?
qué hiciste con tu privilegios?
o miraste la llama?
or directly into the flame?
or treat it like a liability?
o la trataste como pasividad?
of "nasty" or "less than"?
de "desagradable" o "menos que"?
o un puño cerrado?
or a clenched fist?
como una daga,
drawn on my face like a dagger,
a pesar de las malas probabilidades
in spite of crooked odds.
in the company of courage,
solo te tenías a ti misma.
when you just had yourself.
and the sisters beside them,
y sus hermanas,
ABOUT THE SPEAKERChinaka Hodge - Writer, educator
Poet, playwright, filmmaker and educator Chinaka Hodge uses her own life and experiences as the backbone of wildly creative, powerful works.
Why you should listen
Chinaka Hodge is a writer and educator from Oakland. She received her BA from NYU’s Gallatin School and studied Writing for Film and Television at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts MFA program. Her work has been featured in Believer Magazine, Teen People Magazine, Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, on PBS and NPR, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry. She was an Associate Producer on Simmons Lathan presents Brave New Voices for HBO.
She is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, was a playwright-in-residence at SF Playwrights Foundation and serves as a Visiting Editor at The California Sunday Magazine. She is an inaugural Senior Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
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