If the endpoint is California, the poem's point of departure is an assassination that radically shaped history. A young man witnessed his father's murder in a power play that unintentionally enabled the Aztecs to establish an empire. The young man, Nezahualcoyotl, became the philosopher king of Texcoco and wrote the most famous poem of pre-conquest Americas, "Song of Flight." What did it mean to be and then to cease to be? Were we all, after all, perhaps but texts of god, existing only in the breath, and red and black inks of divine poetry?
"Something strikes me profoundly: you are among those rare poets who can draw into or cut from their language a new language. A new language in which roots and sources would be heard." --Gilles Deleuze
"Here our Califas-born Chicano patriot poet... invites us to 'take life as a gift,' where the silent uncharted geography from word to letter is mapped into the sunset red leaves of the poem. It is the 'space between beats' beautifully lyricized, and we can hear it in all its glorious quiet." --Cherrie Moraga