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Sunday Afternoon Performance

The Delirium of Simón Bolívar

Poetry performance by
Tina Datsko de Sánchez, MFA, MPW
Music by
Stan DeWitt
Films by
José Sánchez-H

Sunday,  4 PM - 6 PM,  December 5th,  2010

To honor the 200th anniversary of the Spanish colonies’ wars of independence, Floricanto Press has published The Delirium of Simón Bolívar, a bi-lingual poetry collection by Tina Datsko de Sánchez. In his foreword to the book, Edward James Olmos writes:

"Melding metaphor, philosophy and the music of language, the book weaves together highlights of Bolívar’s life story and gives readers a unique way to imagine and experience history."

While living in Venezuela as a teenager, Tina visited Bolívar’s birthplace and was appalled by the omission of this visionary leader from history as taught in U.S. schools.  She went on to research Bolívar in South America and to write this collection of poems, which won the Phi Kappa Phi Award.  This presentation of poetry will also explore the author’s creative process and Bolívar’s story as an archetypal journey.

Tina Datsko de Sánchez, MFA, MPW, studied creative writing and psychology of art at the University of Michigan and screenwriting at USC.  Believing that poetry can speak to all people, she has brought the spoken word to a broader audience by making films of the poems in partnership with Bolivian filmmaker José Sánchez-H.

CEUs are available for this event
CEUs for MFTs and LCSWs
This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of
continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the
California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (Provider No. PCE2434) $10 payable at the door.


 Chapman University, Smith Hall, Room 115 (see MAP
Please check this webpage again just before the event.
There is a possibility that the location will change.
Time:  Registration and social gathering begin at 3:00 pm.
Lecture begins at 4:00 pm.
The Club Library is open one hour prior to the event
in the Psychology Lounge, Smith Hall.
 members  non-members
At the door:$15$20
(CEUs at the door are $10)


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By Tina Datsko de Sánchez

After Rumi

Grief kept me frozen, still.
But the Lord of Dance warms me now,
demands motion. Can I jump for joy?

Even the rosebushes, amputated
of all life, send out new red stems
and lift yellow heads, mirroring the sun.

The mystics who dance
know that laughter is the key.

The wind doesn’t really blow the sail;
it pulls the boat forward.

Desire is everything; that difference
of air pressure lifts the bird’s wing.

A fire dances in the copper brazier
and embers float upward in the night sky.
Their passion makes them lighter than air.

They do not think how to reach God,
but only burn as brightly
as they can this night.