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It is a distinct honor to represent the city I now call “HOME” in my hometown paper! Humbled, that a readership of 70,000 in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area is proud of how I serve community 2,000 miles away. Thank you Kim Mulford, the City of Albuquerque, my parents, the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program, and the Courier Post! Read the article here. 

It is a distinct honor to represent the city I now call “HOME” in my hometown paper! Humbled, that a readership of 70,000 in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area is proud of how I serve community 2,000 miles away. Thank you Kim Mulford, the City of Albuquerque, my parents, the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program, and the Courier Post! Read the article here

The official poem commissioned by the City of Albuquerque for the New Mexico Centennial Celebration, delivered on the Main Stage at the Summerfest Centennial Celebration on June 16th, 2012 before Los Lobos and after Robert Mirabal.


To: New Mexico

From: Hakim Bellamy

100 Years of Corridos: A song for the New Mexico Centennial

 

In the 1st chapter

Of the Gospel

According to Anaya

 

Rudolfo writes

“All of the older people spoke only Spanish,

And I myself understood only Spanish.”

In English

 

Bienvenidos Albuquerque

I myself

Understand only English

In Dine

 

We speak many languages

But mean the same thing

And manana

Will be more of the same

 

Familia

Food

Fiesta

Forever

 

Come on and sing along

 

We’re going to

Familia

Comida

Fiesta

Forever

 

For 100 years B.C.

Before the Commodores

Before Lionel Ritchie

And for a 100 years more

 

We’ve farmed

Feasted and fixed cars

 

We’ve moved people

And mixed razas

 

We’ve got an appointment

With the curandera

 

As soon as we leave the doctors

 

A lust for livestock

Like chupacabras

 

Afraid of God

And the inexplicable

 

Dinosaur fossils

 

So in love with space

And the people who live there

That we speak Chewbacca

 

The 47th state

Admitted to the Union

We might as well have been The Moon

…of Endor

To our forefathers

 

With the oldest

And highest

State capital in the country

People on both coasts

Should look up to us

Instead of wondering

If they have to exchange their money

Before coming

 

Yes,

Dollars is our official currency too

And though

We don’t have much of it

 

Money can’t buy cultura

 

Our History Book

The King Alfonso Version

Is a canon

Of wars and peace

 

A Bible

Of you and me

That was written in Madrid

By missionaries and mestizos

 

We are men of magic

And women of wizardry

Who speak in spell and song

Wing words

And fly them like a flag

 

All yellow

Between red and green

Like a traffic light

 

Like the state question is

Hurry up

Or slow down

Never stop

 

All of the older people sung only corridos

However,

In those corridos…

Me?

I only heard gospel

 

Maybe it’s me

Maybe it’s a stage

 

But every time

I hear the clap of thunder

It sounds like a blessing

 

Every time

I hear the pitter, patter

Of the rain

 

It sounds

Like a round

Of applause

 

And even the monsoon roars

“Encore”

And the flash bloods

Flood

Our hearts

With love

 

One hundred

New Year’s Eves

Of trying to puncture precipitation

 

Where the sky never dies

And the clouds wear bulletproof vests

 

Where we perpetually live

In the shadow of a hot air balloon eclipse

 

We are not a city

That speaks “Good Morning”

We are a city that speaks

Mass Ascension

 

Like Grandpa

Only spoke Spanish

While he was drinking

 

Buenos Dias

 

Like Grandma

Only spoke Latin

When she was praying

 

Buenas Noches

 

Where water

Is so sacred and scarce

That we pot it

In puddles

On our flat roofs

 

Pool it

In vestibule stoups

Of steepled temples

Where pigeons swirl and roost

 

Pond it

In mountaintops

On our not-so-flat horizons

We bottle it

In our bodies

And set fire to it

In our forests

 

Where it sounds like

Acequias babble “amen”

And bosques

Smell like baptisms

 

Where the rain

Doesn’t speak any language

It only understands dance

 

And sometimes

We miss it so much

We need TWO rainbows

To promise us

It is coming back

 

After thousands of years

Of owners

For this little piece of hacienda

 

It’s been us as tenants

Together

Roommates for the past hundred

 

Call it a trust

Call it a Zia-shaped symbol for eternity

Over our right ring finger

 

Call it the interconnectedness of cultures

Call it married to each other

 

Speak now or forever hold your “chisme”

 

We are

Actions speak louder than wordsmiths

Storytelling rituals

 

We don’t speak Project Runway

We Cowboy Cosmopolitan

Urban Traditional

 

Where our children

Dare not say or see

Cucui or La llorona

But are lucky

Santa speaks Spanglish

And has a sweet tooth

For leche y biscochitos

 

Where birthdays

Are miracles

And each one

Has a spirit

Holy Spirit

Or patron saint

 

Where we celebrate

100

Today

 

In the beginning

The Greatest Spirit

Created America

And the earth

 

And it was

Bueno

 

I don’t speak perfect English

Barely even speak passable Spanish

 

But it’s okay

 

Because there is no such thing

As “perfect English”

Except for the word

Nuevo Mexico

 

© Hakim Bellamy June 12, 2012


ABQ Journal article by Adrian Gomez on Urban Verbs!!!

ABQ Journal Review: Romeo & Juliet at Will Power 2 Summer Shakespeare Festival at the Vortex

Urban Verbs coming to a Barelas near you…(June 17th, 18th & 19th)

For tickets visit Brown Paper Tickets

Fri. night http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/176789

Sat. night http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/176788

MY50-TV Artist Spotlight with Leah Black (Segment 1)

On a broadcast TV segment with Leah Black called “Artist Spotlight” on My50-TV. A chance for me to do my “real sh#t” (Thanks Seth Rems, hahaha). Just kickin it with my girl Leah (a dope musician in her own right, look for that collabo in the near future). Happy for the opportunity, even my boss and chair of my department at UNM saw it, AND liked it (at least they were nice enough to say so!). The following 5 segments are blogged below in sequential order. Give thanks.

Thank  you Most High for gifting. Thank you fam & friends for supporting  and suffering. Thank you City for recognizing. Thank you Weekly Alibi for publishing. And thank you Sarah Silverman Bonneau for delivering. Thanks, thanks, thank…
Thank you Most High for gifting. Thank you fam & friends for supporting and suffering. Thank you City for recognizing. Thank you Weekly Alibi for publishing. And thank you Sarah Silverman Bonneau for delivering. Thanks, thanks, thank…
I couldn’t think of a better way to spend 4:20, yesterday, than at Rio Grande H.S. with students on the anniversary of Columbine. Yes, schools can be a place of healing and community instead. Thanks to Levi Romero for taking the time as well.

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend 4:20, yesterday, than at Rio Grande H.S. with students on the anniversary of Columbine. Yes, schools can be a place of healing and community instead. Thanks to Levi Romero for taking the time as well.

A little under a year ago, I had the pleasure of doing a performance poetry workshop and performance at the First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque. A church that has a GLBTQ Ministry. A church that has their UUA President who will be in Albuquerque from Boston doing a talk on immigration (April 21 from  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) A church that has a social justice ministry. I was honored to bring some of my work there and feeling like poetry belonged in the pulpit (as if it’s not there already). You should check this church out and support them in your community. Odds are, they support you already.
www.uuabq.org

A little under a year ago, I had the pleasure of doing a performance poetry workshop and performance at the First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque. A church that has a GLBTQ Ministry. A church that has their UUA President who will be in Albuquerque from Boston doing a talk on immigration (April 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) A church that has a social justice ministry. I was honored to bring some of my work there and feeling like poetry belonged in the pulpit (as if it’s not there already). You should check this church out and support them in your community. Odds are, they support you already.

www.uuabq.org

2011 Revolutions launches with rhythm and rhyme by Duke City Fix

I have to confess that, with a few exceptions, I’ve never been a huge Hip-Hop fan or rap fan. I liked some early rappers from the 1980s and Arrested Development from the 1990s. Lately I’ve been listening to MC Yogi, whose album “Elephant Power” is a wonderful exploration of the stories of Hindu gods like Hanuman and Ganesh, as well as historical heroes like Mahatma Ghandi.

But Hakim Bellamyand Carlos Contreras showed me a whole different side of Hip-Hop this week.The two are spoken word artists and poetry slam champions performed “Urban Verbs: An Autobiographical Intersection of Hip-Hop & Humanity in Five Acts.” It officially kicked off the 11th Annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival, the amazing three-week event created by Albuquerque’s own Tricklock Theatre Company, that every year brings us some of the best performers from around the world, especially from fringe festivals. (read on at the link above…)