Chinaka Hodge: What will you tell your daughters about 2016?
Chinaka Hodge: O que você contará para suas filhas sobre 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,
espalhados por nossos jornais matinais,
of our sisters, spouses, small children.
irmãs, esposas e filhas pequenas.
when she asks, as she certainly should,
quando ela lhe perguntar, como o fará,
we didn't own it outright.
a liberdade, não a possuímos.
for every way we used our privates
usamos nossas partes íntimas,
com nosso consentimento,
that enforced them.
que as fazem cumprir.
destes tempos de guerra,
against the outlines of our fallen,
sobre o contorno de nossas quedas,
and moved with courageous abandon
e avançamos corajosamente
dentro do cano da arma,
nos curvamos e defendemos,
ducked and parried,
collected death threats,
recebemos ameaças de morte,
and found a running mate,"
acomodarmos e encontrar um parceiro".
shamed nothing but fear,
só nos envergonhamos do medo
querendo dizer, é claro,
to be docile or small.
de ser dócil ou frágil já passou.
that we were women,
vez que éramos mulheres,
essa promessa de solidariedade.
and some of us did not,
filhos e outras, não,
whether that made us real
se isto nos tornava reais
or heir to your triumph,
ou herdeira do seu triunfo,
abalada e tornando-se mulher,
teetering towards woman,
Were you fearful or fearsome?
Você foi destemida ou medrosa?
in the year it was time?
quando teve tempo?
which bones had to break?
o que teve que sacrificar?
about the arc of your brow,
already carried so much, wants to know
tanto sofreu, quer saber
what light did you keep from extinction?
qual luz você não deixou apagar?
por vítimas à noite,
or were you roused?
what did you do with your privilege?
o que fez com o seu privilégio?
or directly into the flame?
or treat it like a liability?
ou a tratou como obrigação?
of "nasty" or "less than"?
"repugnante" ou "menos que"?
or a clenched fist?
ou com um punho cerrado?
eu encarei o momento
drawn on my face like a dagger,
como uma uma adaga,
in spite of crooked odds.
apesar das poucas chances.
in the company of courage,
com a coragem como companheira,
when you just had yourself.
que você estava só.
and the sisters beside them,
Reviewed by Wanderley Jesus
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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