Chinaka Hodge: What will you tell your daughters about 2016?
צ'ינקה הודג': מה תגידו לבת שלכם על 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,
על עיתוני הבוקר שלנו,
of our sisters, spouses, small children.
בני הזוג וילדים קטנים.
when she asks, as she certainly should,
כשהיא שואלת, כמו שהיא בטוח תעשה,
we didn't own it outright.
היא לא באמת היתה בבעלותינו.
for every way we used our privates
בה השתמשנו באברים המוצנעים שלנו
that enforced them.
against the outlines of our fallen,
על הבטון על הסימון של הנופלים,
and moved with courageous abandon
ועברנו עם נטישה אמיצה
ducked and parried,
collected death threats,
and found a running mate,"
הזמן להתיישב ולמצוא שותף לחיים."
shamed nothing but fear,
לא ביישנו שום דבר חוץ מפחד,
to be docile or small.
that we were women,
and some of us did not,
whether that made us real
אם זה עשה אותנו אמיתיות
or heir to your triumph,
teetering towards woman,
Were you fearful or fearsome?
או מלאת תעוזה?
in the year it was time?
which bones had to break?
איזה עצמות היית צריכה לשבור?
about the arc of your brow,
already carried so much, wants to know
כל כך הרבה, רוצה לדעת
what light did you keep from extinction?
איזה אור שמרת שלא יכבה?
or were you roused?
what did you do with your privilege?
מה עשית עם הזכויות שלך?
or directly into the flame?
or treat it like a liability?
או התייחסת אליו כמעמסה?
of "nasty" or "less than"?
"נבזית" או "פחות מ"?
or a clenched fist?
drawn on my face like a dagger,
in spite of crooked odds.
איך חיית למרות הסיכויים העלובים.
in the company of courage,
when you just had yourself.
and the sisters beside them,
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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