Gerda’s Words, Luis’ Art

Feb 16, 2015


Your orange red glow

singes me as you lean away.


You flicker   burn bright   go dark. You tease

and drown me in your rain. I turn cold.


I don’t know you, don’t love you,

don’t know what to do for you   for me   for us.




Poet Gerda Govine Ituarte will launch and read from her new poetry art book, Alterations| Thread Light Through Eye of Storm, in collaboration with artist Luis Ituarte, at the Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Ranch branch on February 19th. Meet the author and artist as they highlight their collaboration—from book design and formatting to the drawings created for each poem. A question and answer period, and book sales and signing will follow.




In Gerda Govine Ituarte’s poetry collection, Alterations|Thread Light Through Eye of Storm, the poet weaves a luminous thread through personal history, history of women and Mother Earth. Travelling with the speaker as she threads her stories through rainbows, tornados, mothers, blue sky, Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, raindrops, balconies and hurricanes, we plunge into the spell-binding music and lyric of Ituarte’s language while mending our tears and writing our way home through the poet’s cloth…emerging with something hand-made, strong and embedded in it’s own magic and light.
—Teresa Mei Chuc, author of Year of the Hare and Red Thread


Gerda’s Words, Luis’ Art
Thursday, Feb. 19th, 7-8 p.m.
Hastings Branch Public Library
3325 E. Orange Grove, Blvd., Pasadena 91107
For all ages
Free event
For details, call 1.626.744.7262
Or visit Pasadena.CA.US


In Alterations |Thread Light Through Eye of Storm, Gerda Govine Ituarte takes the reader through childhood memories, colorful as a kaleidoscope, of walking home from school and a Harlem summer. We read about the power of words with warriors who do not see another option other than their hands. Visually and lyrically, the title poem complements the spirit of the collection with its concrete form. Govine Ituarte’s latest collection delivers with a tapestry of truth, heritage, and imagery.
—Luivette Resto, author of Unfinished Portrait and Ascension




The art exhibit featuring visual art and photography by Luis Ituarte runs through the month of February at Hastings Ranch Public Library.



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