All the way back to the founding of our nation, Americans have always loved an upstart, a ragtag underdog whose chances of winning are approximately the federal deficit to one against.
Why? Who knows. Maybe it just makes for a better story.
But tonight, it may also make for better poetry.
Literary rebels, Raul Zurita, whose poetry was a key voice of resistance to the successive dictators in Chile, and Edward "Mac" Test, an assistant professor of English at Boise State, will be reading their work at the Yanke Family Research Park tonight. And they'll be doing it in both English and Spanish.
They don't care that U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin is going to be reading at The Egyptian Theatre at the same time or that he twice won the Pulitzer Prize. They're going to read some wicked poetry in two languages. And if no one is there, then the loss is yours. They're artists and the onus is on you to seek out and learn to understand their genius.
The bilingual reading starts at 7 p.m. and is FREE.