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Magickal Book Review: Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa
But there is a magic aspect in abnormality and so-called deformity. For them, abnormality was the price a person had to pay for her or his inborn extraordinary gift. There is something compelling about being both male and female, about having an entry into both worlds.
Contrary to some psychiatric tenets, half and halfs are not suffering from a confusion of sexual identity, or even from a confusion of gender. What we are suffering from is an absolute despot duality that says we are able to be only one or the other. It claims that human nature is limited and cannot evolve into something better.
But I, like other queer people, am two in one body, both male and female. I am the embodiment of the heiros gamos: the coming together of opposite qualities within.
I will overcome the tradition of silence. Staying 'home' and not venturing out from our group comes from woundedness, and stagnates our growth. To bridge means loosening our borders, not closing off to others. Bridging is the work of opening the gate to the stranger, within and without. Torn apart into basic elements and then reconstructed, the shaman acquires the power of healing and returns to help the community.
To be healed we must be dismembered, pulled apart.
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Healing images bring back the pieces, heal las rajaduras. Taboo flesh: swollen genitalia nipples the scrotum the vulva the soles of the feet the palm of the hand heart and liver taste best. Cannibalism is blessed. I'll wear your jawbone round my neck listen to your vertebrae bone tapping bone in my wrists.
I'll string your fingers round my waist - what a rigorous embrace.
Graduate Seminar at ASU 2013
Over my heart I'll wear a brooch with a lock of hair. Nights I'll sleep cradling your skull sharpening my teeth on your toothless grin.
Sundays there's Mass and communion and I'll put your relics to rest. A massive uprooting of dualistic thinking in the individual and collective consciousness is the beginning of a long struggle, but one that could in our best hopes, bring us to the end of rape, of violence, of war.
Dos pescadoras nadando en los mares Buscando esa perla.
But I, like pother queer people, am two in one body, both male and female. I am the embodiment of the hieros gamos: the comig together of opposit qualities within. Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me.
By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and anger To become more intimate with myself and you.
Gloria Anzaldúa, “The Homeland, Aztlán”
To discover myself, to preserve myself, to make myself, to achieve self-autonomy. To dispell the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worthy and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit Finally I write because I'm scared of writing, but I'm more scared of not writing.
Culture and religion seek to protect us from these two forces. The female, by virtue of creating entities of flash and blood in her stomach she bleeds every month but does not die by virtue of being in tune with nature's cycles, is feared.
Because, according to Christianity and most other major religions, woman is carnal, animal, and closer to the undivine, she must be protected. Protected from herself. Woman is the stranger, the other. She is man's recognized nightmarish pieces, his Shadow-Beast.
The sight of her sends him into a frenzy of anger and fear. The Aztec female rites of mourning were rites of defiance protesting the cultural changes which disrupted the equality and balance between female and male, and protesting their demotion to a lesser status, their denigration. Like la Llorona, the Indian woman's only means of protest was wailing.
But I haven't, we haven't. All Quotes Add A Quote. Books by Gloria E.
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