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By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

Marshall Rosenberg talks about how we can create peace in the communities we work with. He's been traveling to warring nations to create peace within those countries.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

When I was writing Caramelo the last couple of years, a sixty-hour work week was normal. And now I'm lucky if I have eight hours.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I'm from Chicago, so the Chicago working-class poets still mean a great deal to me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

Catholicism believes in the Virgen de Guadalupe. The mother of God is worshipped, especially in Latin America. I find her very empowering. I find that the Virgen de Guadalupe allowed me to return to parts of my upbringing I had disregarded.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

"You're next, after the feather dancers." And you had to get their attention, because otherwise people would go, "Oh, a poet." You really have to learn.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I find myself using Spanish words much more now that I'm older, and I guess I have the authority to do it in public spaces in ways that I felt I couldn't when I was teaching here fifteen years ago.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

When I was very young I was reading a lot of Latin American fiction, which later would be called "boom fiction.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

The TSA tears through your bags at the airport and the NSA watches what books you buy and what you say over the telephone and online. It doesn't feel like anything is private anymore.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

You can't erase what you know. You can't forget who you are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

You know, you want to be outrageous when you're young, so all the young people say, "Oooh . . ." Now my tactics are different.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

The thoughts of letting go of everything I love overwhelms like a tsunami of sorrow.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

For me, a story's a story if people want to hear it; it's very much based on oral storytelling. And for me, a story is a story when people give me the privilege of listening when I'm speaking it out loud.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I was reading Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks, and I'm still very, very deeply moved by Gwendolyn Brooks's life and her work.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I know the American Library Association has models for working with the poor. They do have that, and I think that we really need to put our efforts - if we want to think long-range and invest in the community so that we don't have to, you know, invest in prisons - into making a change, because I know that the library can make a change in a life, because it made a change in mine.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

Think about the books that you were reading at a certain crisis in your life, what you were reading, and that's because you needed them to nourish your alma.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

Revenge only engenders violence, not clarity and true peace. I think liberation must come from within.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I think people are much more concerned about money now. There aren't the big advances of the past. You feel the sense of nervousness about the book industry. It's not like before. Not that I knew very much about what it was like because I was a newcomer to it, but I get that feeling that people are more conservative in their book choices and what they are going to publish and what's a sure sell. As opposed to - just like in the economy - a sense of luxury and sense of risk taking ten years ago.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

But I deal with this by meditating and by understanding I've been put on the planet to serve humanity. I have to remind myself to live simply and not overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I believe love is always eternal. Even if eternity is only five minutes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

Books are medicine and you have to take the right medicine that you need at that moment or that day or that time in your life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

The most powerful speaking you can do is the speaking that comes from your heart and your love.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

We need to write because so many of our stories are not being heard. Where could they be heard in this era of fear and media monopolies? Writing allows us to transform what has happened to us and to fight back against what's hurting us. While not everyone is an author, everyone is a writer and I think that the process of writing is deeply spiritual and liberatory.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I think my family and closest friends are learning about my need to withdraw, and I am learning how to restore and store my energy to both serve the community to the best of my ability and to serve my writer's heart.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I always have to have sweet and salty. I know some of you are going to say, "Oh, I tried dates. I hate them." That's probably because you had the ones that were on the shelf for three years. Go to some healthy place and get the fresh ones, and you will just love them. You'll start eating them and think they're so good.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I'm not saying I'm not bad. I'm not saying I'm special. But I'm not like the Allport Street girls, who stand in doorways and go with men into alleys. All I know is I didn't want it like that. Not against the bricks or hunkering in somebody's car. I wanted it come undone like gold thread, like a tent full of birds.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I usually say Latina, Mexican-American or American Mexican, and in certain contexts, Chicana, depending on whether my audience understands the term or not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I grew up with this kind of grocery store that caters to the poor. They serve you the worst food.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

For example, there's no word emocionó in English, so I have to say, "You, you really emotioned me," It's more precise, even though it sounds odd. "My father emotioned me." Or "That performance really emotioned to me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

Before you speak, get very quiet, do the meditation, say, "Use me as a channel for what needs to get said to this community. This community needs to hear something very important that I'm the only person in the room who can say it. Please help open me so that I'm not frightened and speak through me. Let me be that channel so that I can help heal." You make yourself so humble that you really are like a flute and that music that comes out comes from el corazón. All the people you're connected to from that light that we call love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

As people who are women, who are Indigenous and live on Indigenous lands, we know, and this is something I understand the older I get, that they don't visit the same way the postman may visit but they do visit. They visit in ways that our modern society often disregards and considers immaterial or unreal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

When I say what I'm reading, this is what I need. I know the ills that plague me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

Friends started saying, "Oh, don't come. No vengas. It's dangerous for us, and we live here." Then there's also the issue, if you go back, and you happen to be Mexican-American, you get treated very differently [in Mexico] than if you're blond. If you say something wrong, they say, "Why don't you learn your mother tongue?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I don't really think our government at heart wants peace. So I urge you, write to Mrs. Laura Bush, because she reads.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

So how are you supposed to learn how to drive with this guy yapping at you? My brothers were the ones who got to practice. So when you have to get on the expressway, you're afraid. That's what I think. That's why I take back routes on two-lane highways.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I want to write an essay called "Fear of Mexico," because I always feel like Mexico's this lover that never writes to me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

One of the things I used to dream of is that if I could just be funny like Red Skelton, if I could be a comedian like Red Skelton - that's what I watched on TV - then maybe I would have friends. I just remember that if I told stories to my friends, they listened. And in my family, with nine people talking at the same time, it's really hard to get people to listen to you. We were all craving attention.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

One of the books that has guided me in the last ten years of my life to help me to be that leader is the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh's Being Peace. He's a Vietnamese monk. He was nominated for a Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I prefer to go to the little towns now, because in little towns people are kind. I like going to Tepotzlán.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

There [DreamTigers by Jorge Luis Borges] were these little fablesque things, you know, dream tigers, beautiful, beautiful pieces that when you read them had the power of a long piece, but they were prose, and they had the power of poetry, in that the last line wasn't the end, it was a reverberation, like when you tap on a glass made of crystal, and it goes ping.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

It takes a long time for women to feel it's alright to be chingona. To aspire to be a chingona!...You are saying, 'This is my camino, this is my path and I'm gonna follow it, regardless of what culture says.' I don't think the church likes chingonas. I don't think the state likes chingonas.! And fathers definitely do not like chingonas. And boyfriends don't like chingonas. But, you know, I remain optimistic. I will meet a man who likes a chingona, one day. One day, my chingon will come.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

We started an organization that's the only sub-organization of the MacArthur Foundation and we are called the Macarturos. Usually when I win something, I'm the only one of my ethnicity to get it, but this time I met all these Latinos, and I was so excited. I'd meet someone and I'd go, [...] "Can you come to San Antonio?" And they'd go, "Oh yeah." [...] And suddenly I had twelve people that said they would come. And I didn't know how it was going to be. And that's how the Macarturos became a reality, where these very generous geniuses come to San Antonio and work together.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I'm not afraid to say what I'm afraid of. Does that make me fearless?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

People know when you're speaking from el corazón. You have that pain. Take that pain and do something with it. That's very powerful.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I don't close myself to the possibility of someplace outside the United States, but it would have to be someplace with an indigenous community, because that's where I feel at home.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I can't go to Hindu countries where they respect rats and mice, and I can't go camping. I don't like to go into subways, because I always see them. Rats are like my naguales [kindred animal spirits]. They follow me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

If you're poor, potato chips are the food of life for you. It's the caviar.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

One way to get very humble is to dedicate the work you're going to do to your community. And by community I mean that community you have a special vision for, that only you see, that no one else in a room sees. That special community in pain, that through a pain you've suffered, you're able to have that vision, that super-ray vision.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I can get by and chatter and talk and tell funny stories, make people laugh, but I don't have as many words, I don't have the vocabulary. I think if I forced myself to read in Spanish - you know, I always say I'm going to, but I lose my patience reading in Spanish, because I really do read the way a third grader does, mouthing the words. That takes a long time!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

[Writing is like fishing]. You don't bow because you made the fish. That's the difference. If you know that, then you bow for your labor.You crafted, you worked, you put in those hours so that you could catch that fish. But you didn't make that fish. You just caught the fish. That will help you stay humble and bow for the right reason and be very lucid about the work you do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sandra Cisneros

I didn't intend to be writing - the writer's life. I was just writing what came to me at the time, but it is a map of how this writer had to break many barriers to find, not a room of her own, but a house of her own.