Teaching Advanced ESL using my novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador”

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Hello,
I recently have realized that I could use my novel to teach ESL/ELD 3 (3rd year/Advanced) or what the district might call ELD 5/6 or 7/8. I could also use it to teach Reading.
What really helps is 1) The relevancy of a) war b) poverty & oppression and c) the family stories and finally d) the fact that I am the author.
I was subbing again for Ms. G at CVHS and her seniors were fascinated with the story and with me as a writer.
Both this year or last year, Ms. G’s students have cheated in order to try to win the raffle & win my book. What a compliment for me to see how badly they wanted to win my novel!
I also covered Mr. P’s English 12 class. It had a special category which I believe was what they used to call SDAI (At least that’s what it was called when I was English Learner Coordinator at Venice High School in LAUSD). These students did not know a lot of English but when I read them the prologue, they enjoyed that there were Spanish words and phrases in it.
I recently discovered that there are two Mexican nuns that live across the street from us. Their church is Monte Maria in Tijuana. After meeting them at the monthly Mexican Breakfast fundraiser, I have begun a conversation to begin teaching Advanced ESL to adults in their home.
I will let you know how that goes so you see I have experience in this area. But, you also should be aware that I have 20 years experience teaching English Learners and I always had a captive audience in my high school classes. This is because of my understanding of the Affective Filter and other issues that often prevent students from learning.
I will also be in touch when my husband’s band plays for the fundraiser here in Chula Vista for Prop 58 (The LEARN Initiative). This is supposed to happen in October. The August fundraiser at Cristina Alfaro’s home was a HUGE success.
I look forward to hearing from you all.
Paz y justicia,
Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

San Diego Book Review gave “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” 5*s:
http://www.sandiegobookreview.com/secrets-and-lies-in-el-salvador/
An article about Sherrie Miranda and her debut novel:
http://www.thestarnews.com/entertainment/war-torn-el-salvador-is-setting-for-cv-novelist/
An article about the writer’s group Sherrie Miranda started:
http://southbaycompass.com/the-scribes-south-bay-writers-have-their-own-group/
An interview by Fiona McVie on her Authors Interviews WordPress blog:
https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/here-is-my-interview-with-sherrie-miranda/comment-page-1/#comment-5917
The San Diego Public Library’s 50th Annual Local Authors Exhibit featured Sherrie’s novel:
http://online.flipbuilder.com/tyny/sair/#p=64
GoodReads Author page:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13490857.Sherrie_Miranda
Sherrie’s WordPress blog:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com

Some more reviews for “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” plus perhaps the only bad review I’ve ever written

It would be great if you have read my novel, if you would please write a short review. Two sentences can be very telling!  😉  ❤  These are some recent sample from Amazon!
5.0 out of 5 stars – and unparalleled love among the suffering   51UX4f00CBL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
By MA on March 13, 2016
Secrets and Lies in El Salvador” authored by Sherrie Miranda, is a unique book which could be treated both as an adventurous fiction and a non-fiction travel book. When Shelly, the American girl, lands in El Salvador, she finds a country not only steeped in crippling poverty but in horrendous ravage from a civil war there. However,even within this fractured state of instability, she finds warmth among people, and unparalleled love among the suffering.

The cuisine, which is a part of this journey, serves as contrast to lighten up the dark theme of a convoluted plot of a deeply seated corruption in politics that the country cannot escape from, neither correct it. On the flip side though, there is always hope, lurking in the shadows of the mind.
5.0 out of 5 stars – Immersion
By Matt on December 1, 2015
From the first page of Sherrie Miranda’s book, Secrets and Lies in El Salvador, you are immersed in another culture, another time. Her knowledge of the history and people is obvious and makes you want to learn more. Add to that a love story and some intense dramatic scenes (not for the sensitive) and this book will hold your attention.
4.0 out of 5 stars – While not my usual genre I enjoyed this book
By Teresa T on September 4, 2015
“Secrets & Lies in El Salvador”
Set in a time and place of rebellion and war this story touched me. I had little knowledge of El Salvador’s political history and Sherrie Miranda’s story gave me insight. Told from Shelly’s pov the story reads like a memoir. We read of her discovery of a family history she had been unaware of, her reasons for traveling to El Salvador and the actions of others that affect her life. While not my usual genre I enjoyed this book more than I expected to.

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

San Diego Book Review gave “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” 5*s:
http://www.sandiegobookreview.com/secrets-and-lies-in-el-salvador/
An article about Sherrie Miranda and her debut novel:
http://www.thestarnews.com/entertainment/war-torn-el-salvador-is-setting-for-cv-novelist/
An article about the writer’s group Sherrie Miranda started:
http://southbaycompass.com/the-scribes-south-bay-writers-have-their-own-group/
An interview by Fiona McVie on her Authors Interviews WordPress blog:
https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/here-is-my-interview-with-sherrie-miranda/comment-page-1/#comment-5917

I don’t usually write bad reviews. I just try not to think about the time I wasted reading a book, but Mansfield is long dead. Maybe someone will write the story of HER life. That would be much more interesting.                                                                                                       Peace, Sherrie Miranda
Bliss & Other Stories
by Katherine Mansfield
Sherrie Miranda’s review
1* – did not like it
1.0 out of 5 stars – Sadly Lacking in Substance, March 23, 2016
This review is for: Bliss and Other Stories
I have an older book from 1973 though I am sure there are others much older.
These stories are all about what’s going on in the narrator’s head. Nothing that actually happens is of any consequence. In fact, the narrators’ thoughts are of no consequence either.
Someone else reviewed the book, speaking of Mansfield’s tragic life and how she kept writing. I would have loved to read stories of that tragic life, rather than a bunch of rich people sitting around, eating, drinking or smoking.
Sorry, but this book of short stories did nothing for me. I even skipped through one section, just trying to get to the end. As they say “The truth is stranger than fiction.” Mansfield’s mistake was in not writing HER TRUTH.

Reviews of Three Books Written by Latino/a Writers

4.0 out of 5 stars A Muli-Layered Complex Piece of Fiction, March 23, 2016
By Sherrie Miranda
Verified Purchase from Amazom
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I bought this book a while ago when I realized that there still was at least one book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez that I hadn’t read.
I understand that this may have been his first published novel, long before his infamous “100 Years of Solitude.” Garcia Marquez is never an easy read though his short stories are best if you are new to his writing.
“In Evil Hour” is a layered story of a town in turmoil. Someone is the town is making billboards with the townspeople’s secrets on them. It is a fascinating idea, but it is the kind of book that needs to be read in a class or a reader’s club in order to capture all the nuances of the story. One reviewer said it needs to be read more than once. Although I agree, I am not the kind of person to re-read anything.
I enjoyed all the interesting characters, but sometimes had trouble remembering who was who. If I find anymore of Garcia Marquez’s books that I haven’t read, I think I will look for someone to read along with me. Someone to help me get all there is to get from this author of complex, multi-layered fiction.
RIP Sir Gabriel Garcia Marquez. You deserve it!
Sherrie Miranda is the author of “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador”

3.0 out of 5 stars
Rich in Metaphor & Nuance, Probably best read in a class or readers’ group, March 23, 2016
By Sherrie Miranda
This review is for: Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real
This book was a real mixed bag. Although many of the Latina writers have published novels that are excellent, their short stories often left you wondering about their skills in this arena. Or maybe it is the reader who needs more skills or understanding of life in Latin America? I can’t discount them for my possible lack.
There were a few very well-written stories that I enjoyed immensely. Then there were the horror stories you wish you hadn’t read, like “Death And Transfiguration of A Teacher” in which the female students killed, cut up & ate their sensitive and poetic teacher! I get the allusion. As a teacher myself, I often referred to the fresh new teachers as being eaten alive by the students, but still, it was not the kind of story one wants to read before going to sleep.
Most of the stories were quite rewarding, though I would have preferred to have discussed each story in a classroom or group situation as I think I would have gotten more out of them.
Such seems to be the way of Latino authors, both male and female. They are so rich with metaphor and nuance that they are meant to be read in a group where they can be discussed.

4.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed By Sherrie Miranda
This review is for: Distant Star by Roberto Bolaño
This novel is so surreal (super real) that it makes it very disturbing to read. We, North Americans tend to want stories that have a clearly happy ending. We prefer not to know about evil people, and certainly don’t want to know that evil people can go on and have a great life where no one knows how evil they have been.
Such is the case with Alberto Ruiz-Tagle (AKA Carlos Weider) who the narrator follows around and slowly learns that Weider did Pinochet’s dirty work. He tortured many people who ended up in mass graves. The unnamed narrator becomes more and more obsessed with proving who this man is, even if only to himself. He, in fact, becomes so disturbed and paranoid with who Weider is and who he has become that he no longer trusts his best friend with the knowledge. Despite the fact that his poet friend, like he, are the opposite of Weider: they believe in justice and freedom and abhor the Right’s idea that those who have their own mind, should be killed.
The narrator seems to be unable to go back to being that innocent, loving poet, especially after he realizes that Weider killed the beautiful twins that had parties for the Leftist Poets.
Weider (going by Ruiz-Tagle) tricked the women because he was a poet and they innately trust the poet as a person of great depth and beauty.
Personally, once I knew this man could kill two such kind souls, I hated the guy so much, I wanted him to die. I hoped the narrator would kill him, but alas, he does not have a murderer’s heart so instead, he becomes more and more obsessed.
I almost wish I could undo what I read in this book. Sadly, many Latinos live with this knowledge everyday: Knowing a murderous torturer may be their neighbor, yet unable to do anything about it. This was a story that needed to be told.
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

San Diego Book Review gave 5 *s to my novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador”

by Anita Lock in Literary Fiction
SECRETS AND LIES IN EL SALVADOR
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five-stars
by Sherrie Miranda
Released on February 23rd 2015
Pages: 233
ISBN: B00T6EI1UW
On Amazon, in Barnes & Noble & independent bookstores in SoCal & Upstate NY
“You must keep many secrets and tell many lies when your people are at war with themselves.”
American photographer Shelly Smith goes to El Salvador during the Salvadoran Civil War. Making her home among the townspeople, Shelly draws closer to them as she listens to their horrific stories while capturing their portraits on camera. Shelly is asked to take pictures of an imprisoned female American journalist for the purpose of exposing the truth about what is happening in the war to the American public. The assignment is extremely risky. If she chooses to go, there is a high chance that she may follow in the martyred footsteps of her uncle, Leftist poet Roque Dalton.
In her debut book, rising author Sherrie Miranda scripts a story that is not for the faint of heart. Miranda’s narrative tightly interweaves fictional characters within historical environs that zeroes in on the plight of the poor. A mix of injustices that convolutes family relations and Shelly’s personal experiences and struggles, Miranda aptly sheds light on the complicated issues about the smallest as well as the most densely populated country in Central America. A combination of cliffhanging chapter closures and unexpected scenes, Miranda’s novel is certain to be a wonderful addition to Central American history collections.

by Anita Lock

I am a woman of many hats: a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of three awesome children, a grandmother to an amazing, little granddaughter, and a long-time educator in varied degrees (pun intended!). Starting with a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Library Science, I have chosen to use my skills to educate others, particularly youth. Whether a preschool teacher, home educator, teacher’s aide, tutor, music instructor, Irish DJ, and now book reviewer, my goal remains consistent: It is imperative that I provide tools to help others succeed in life.

http://www.sandiegobookreview.com/secrets-and-lies-in-el-salvador/

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

I had a review in the Sept. issue of InD’tale!

Secrets and Lies in El Salvador: Shelly’s Journey, by Sherrie Miranda
Genre: Historical
In “Secrets and Lies in El Salvador: Shelly’s Journey,” a young woman seeking solace from personal tragedy travels to El Salvador on behalf of a ministry to take photos of its citizenry. Shelly is warmly welcomed by her host family, the Gonzales, soon becoming a part of their close-knit but secret-keeping family. As she takes pictures of each member, they reveal those secrets and draw her deeper into their world, the struggle of the Salvadoran people, and their personal struggles related to generations of secrets that have molded their lives to its current state.

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This is a firsthand journey into perilous El Salvador in the early 1980s, when the country is torn by a war between a rich landholder-controlled government and the guerillas that are fighting for the everyday people who are systematically abused, disenfranchised, and often killed. Shelly has a family relationship to a poet who was a national hero, and as she spends time in the country, she evolves to feel a deep bond to its people and anguish for their sufferings. The narrative is emotive and involving, drawing the reader into what Shelly sees and feels. While the reader is spared gratuitous descriptions, there are moments and happenings that a sensitive reader will find disturbing, and the continual assault of horrors is wearying. This story will make readers feel the anguish and righteous anger at the plight of Salvadorans, as it opens readers’ eyes to the situation in El Salvador in the latter part of the 20th Century.

Danielle Hill

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

The Times of My Life Or How I Came to Write This Novel

Originally Posted on March 26, 2015 by The Story Reading Ape

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Sherrie Miranda is the name I have now & plan to keep.  😉  ❤

I was born in Northern Pennsylvania and grew up in Upstate New York. I have two brothers and two sisters. (Okay, maybe you don’t want me to go that far back?)

I studied Art and photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The photography studies ended up being important for writing the novel.

From there, I moved to New Orleans for no other reason than some people from Iceland and Norway were looking for someone to drive their “Drive-Away” car. I stayed there for seven years, and was very active in the anti-war movement, esp. protesting the U.S. funded war in El Salvador. I got back in school at the University of New Orleans and was studying Communications and Latin American Studies.

Later, I married the Salvadoran that I had gone to all the CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) meetings and protests with. When he moved to San Diego, I followed him, and worked at San Diego State University for the Latin American Studies dept. I went on to work with the homeless and undocumented at St. Vincent de Paul Homeless shelter and then with teens who had gotten in trouble with the law. Finally, I went back to school to get my teaching credential and began teaching Art, English and even Health. Eventually the Salvadoran and I got divorced and I moved to Los Angeles.

In LA, I continued teaching English and ESL, but also started working on my own spiritual growth. I became the English Learner Coordinator at Venice High School and ended up contacting a man who I had worked with back in San Diego. He proposed and I moved back to San Diego (Chula Vista) and started working on my MFA in Creative Writing with the intention of writing the story of the Salvadoran civil war.

Of course, I didn’t have time to work on the story until it was time to write my thesis. I wrote a draft that spanned fifty years and then had to find a way to tell the story in a way that was not an epic tale. That is when I decided to make my protagonist, Shelly, a photographer so instead of the story being a series of vignettes that had little relation to each other, I ended up having Shelly hear the secrets and lies of the Salvadorans while she photographed them. The majority of these people were part of one family.

This first novel was a long, hard road, not just because it was about a horrendous war, but also because it was very hard for me to make changes. I was happy with each version and it took a lot of research to decide to change the story into something that was easy to follow. I wanted to get it right so I continued to study Story Structure and other aspects of storytelling. Despite hiring two writing coaches who made many suggestions, I couldn’t make any changes that I didn’t absolutely decide that was what I felt in my heart needed to be done.

At every stage of the writing, I was sending out queries and did get a request for a partial, but I sent that partial in more than a year later (I thought I had deleted all dates, but later found a date was left in there.) I had almost hired several editors, but one was ripping people off. Another was charging too much and another got sick of my questions and told me not to contact him again.

Finally I decided to run a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the editing. At that time, I didn’t realize that editing was only one of several expenses.

In truth, had I known the journey would be so long and difficult, I probably would have quit so I guess my obsessive optimism was a good thing, in this case.

Another writer who had published seven books took me under his wing. He gave me the name of an excellent Canadian editor whose prices were lower than most editors’ prices. He gave me the name of an Australian woman who did cover design who also did the formatting for me. Both of these people were extremely helpful. They answered my incessant questions, sometimes reminding me that I already had those answers in previous e-mails.

Now that I am finished, I am glad that I independently published the novel. It allowed me to tell the story my way and though I have a lot invested in the book, I will also make the bulk of sales should it take off.

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“Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is a love story between a young American woman and the Salvadoran people. It is a work of love and passion. It wasn’t until I finished it that I realized I have other stories to write, including the prequel to this novel and a couple of sequels.

I continue to live with my Filipino Hippie husband who is a teacher and a piano player and we have a great life together.

I hope that “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” will be used to teach history through literature in 10th grade high school classes or at the college level. I also hope to help seniors and troubled teens write their story.

There is so much to do and so little time! But I will do my best to make my dreams come true.

Sherrie

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

Best Christmas Present Ever! ;-) <3

Hello everyone,

I trust you all had a lovely Christmas. I know some of you did as we have been in touch, either by e-mail or in person.

My goddaughter was here in CV to see her grandmother and for all of us to meet her beautiful 3 mo. old baby girl. I had given her a card, when she was pregnant, where I mentioned something about translating my novel but didn’t want to bother her about it. When I was ready to leave, I said “I guess you aren’t interested in translating the novel?” She said, “Yes, I am! My mom and I were arguing about how to translate something just before we left!” I told her about crowd funding sites (surprisingly she has never heard of them!). That got her even more interested! The cool thing is that both her parents lived through the war & can help her with all the Salvadorismos. She has a masters in law from El Salvador, but has been unable to get any job other than salesperson jobs so I think she sees this as a chance to do something at her level of training.

I am very excited, as you can imagine! I am also currently having a cover made for my prequel “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans.” I plan to use the cover to help me raise money to edit & publish the story about Shelly before she goes to El Salvador. I plan to use a different site (Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated) as KS was quite difficult and I almost lost the entire amount. It was only because I had minor surgery & had to stay home that I was able to make my goal.

Wishing you all love, health & joy in the coming year!

Peace, respect & justice for all,

Sherrie

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y

Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc

5 Great Movies to find time to see!

I wish it were easier these days to find movies after they have left the theaters. Even on Netflix, they only list the movies that WON the Oscar, not the ones that were nominated. Sometimes the nominated movie is better than the one that actually won (as was the case for one of the most gorgeous movies ever made, “Atonement.”-I won’t bore you with the movie that won that year.)

These are in no particular order, just films that my husband and i have seen recently and enjoyed. 1) “No Escape” takes place in a fictional Asian country with an American businessman (Owen Wilson, who I must say, every time I see this guy, I love him more) is coming with his family to live while they somehow improve the people’s water. But they land right smack into a political uprising. There may be a subtext here about how a company’s employees go in thinking they’re helping, but they may not be helping the people, only the rich & powerful. That’s definitely how I saw it!

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2) “The Prophet” is an animated film, though not recommended for kids, UNLESS they have been allowed to experience the death of a loved one. Kahil Gibran’s story of a writer who is imprisoned by a dictator, comes to life with beautiful scenes that go into Fantasia-style/hippie scenes. Although the ending is sad, there is hope, when the little girl and her mother that came to love the prophet, see his ghost flying away.

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3) “The Judge” is a bit older movie that, once again, I missed because it wasn’t a “top of the charts” movie. Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who goes home to discover his father (Robert Duvall), who is the town judge, has been arrested for a murder. The son decides he has to help his dad, but Dad wants some other lawyer, any lawyer, rather than have his own son. This is one of those tear-jerker films if you are like me and get all sentimental about father/son stories. (I have no idea why I am like that since I am a daughter who is very close to my dad, but hey, it is what it is.)Unknown-1.jpeg

4)” The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a gorgeous movie about a hotel owner and the Indian boy that helps him keep the hotel running. It is funny and political, and heartbreaking as it takes place during the Nazi invasion of Europe. All I can say is it will leave it’s mark; it is not a film you will easily forget.

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5) “Bridge of Spies” has gotten a lot of attention, but it’s hard to tell from the ads what it’s about. All I can say is it shows how everyday people get caught up in the world’s BS, and sometimes things actually work out. Tom Hanks is the star, of course, playing an everyday insurance investigator who gets in over his head. But he’s the kind of guy (like many Americans & people all over the world) who is only going to do his best. Nothing else will do! And he does! The film is as visually beautiful as the story. Best movie I’ve seen in a while!

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I could write a lot more about all of these movies, but then I would have to do a separate post for each one. And who knows when I would get around to that!

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y

Give the gift of Love & Spirituality! “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is an anti-war story with a spiritual message & a message about the power of LOVE!

If you need some gifts for some readers, this is a book that has a spiritual message, as well as a message about family and the power of love!

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y

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Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

Review for: The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War

5.0 out of 5 stars A Memoir That Reads Like A Novel! Outstanding! The Country Under My Skin
September 16, 2015
By Sherrie Miranda
Verified Amazon Purchase

This review is from: The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War
by Gioconda Belli
I thought I had long ago written a review for this great memoir. After all I used Belli’s understanding of the struggle for a character in my novel.
I apologize for not posting this sooner, especially since I read it in just a few days as it was full os suspense and steadily brought the reader to the understanding of a Revolutionary woman who was soon made to feel her services weren’t needed anymore once the Revolution had happened. Perhaps that explains why the changes didn’t last?
Belli’s story is one of great courage, fortitude and understanding. Belli, obviously loved her people very much, since she was one the the few who could have escaped but didn’t.
Belli is talented, not only as a poet, but also as a storyteller. I sincerely hope we get some more prose from this amazing woman and writer.
Thank you for writing such a beautiful and eye-opening book.
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I added this comment to a review that suggested Belli should explain why poets are so important to her people:
Actually, poetry has had a “more political function” all over the world, including the U.S. But one would only know that if one were involved in the politics of the oppressed and Making political change from the bottom up. Ever hear of the first rap “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”? Even many of the songs of the sixties were about political change. And of course, the folk music before that.
In Latin America, many of the great poems that were made to create social change have been made into songs, including in El Salvador, Roque Dalton’s “Poema de Amor,” Love Poem, an homage to the Salvadoran people and their struggle. I am sure this has happened all over the world, I just am not that familiar with the tradition in other countries.
You make a good point, though, perhaps we shouldn’t assume that the reader is already a convert to the cause. After all, reading is how many of us came to be enlightened. Many of us were fortunate to have others around to help us understand, but in this day of people staying at home in front of their PCs, we may need to preface work that has an important political impact.
Anyway, bravo to you, Poniplaizy, for wading through the memoir and finding the gems that were there. I imagined you must have “googled” a lot to figure out what happened in Nicaragua in the 70s. Let’s hope others will do the same.
Peace,
Sherrie Miranda
P.S. My novel has a translation of “Love Poem” by Roque Dalton and his presence is felt throughout the novel. LONG LIVE THE POETS OF THE WORLD!
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: