Oh, Where Is My Candle Hat?: Poems

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Gerda Govine Ituarte, Nov 1, 2012 - 62 pages
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Book Review Presentation by Vianka Santana
Director, Centro Estatal de las artes (CEART) Tijuana
Oh, Where is My Candle Hat?
Poetry Art Book
Gerda Govine Ituarte
April 20, 2013, Video Room, Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT)
Oh, Where is My Candle Hat? is a trip down memory lane in four time spans offered by Gerda Govine Ituarte, through which leads us softly and quietly through the corridors of her life, or perhaps, of a life that runs parallel and is told in first person. This poetic journey is like a train that is taking the reader to unexpected places, that in a way of stations, we are offered the ability to hover in the provinces of her inner world.
ILLUMINATION is the first stop: there we can stop the tremor of a girl who faces death, to which intuits future reunions.
¨ No tears, my instinct said.
She will return
she always does. ¨
and in that “She always does”, me, as reader do not know either if she refers to the recurrence of death, or the persistence of mother love...
ILLUMINATION is also defragmenting the thoughts of childhood, the sense of right and wrong, of the forbidden, assimilation and rejection of inherited taboos, admiration for the father and spaces of the game that memory insists on getting us back to.
The second season is called PASSAGE and PASSAGE is also a way of saying “exodus,” to put in brief and discordant images of the urgency of youth that fit in a small suitcase. PASSAGE is a train journey that takes her to escape and is the discovery of loneliness in the Bronx and Mississippi. There we discovered a young Gerda, tremulous in front of unknown steps, a woman who seeks and is reunited with her father continually, that image of authority, yet, that symbol of protection and security.
Third Station: LEGACY ... space of speaking ancestors, in which memory takes a leading role, it is her voice that she silences, to listen, to ask ... language that guards words ...
Finally comes the CELEBRATION, the synthesis, the rejoicing of the fullness of life, of love, of peace, contemplation of the other.

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inspiring, I am really touched by her work.

About the author (2012)

Gerda Govine Ituarte was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and emigrated with her family to New York City in 1951. She received her doctorate in Higher and Adult Education Administration and Research and a Masters in the same area from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Education were completed at New York University. In the early 80’s, she relocated to California to explore greener pastures. Additionally, she holds a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu. Dr. Govine’s poems appeared in Poetry and Cookies, the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly and Frontera-Esquina magazine. She read at Avenue 50 Studio, was featured by the Paloma Room Poets, La Palabra, the International Black Writers and Artists in Los, and Spending a Little Time with Poetry on cable television in Pasadena. She authored Laying the Foundation: An Employer’s Guide to Developing an Effective Diversity Program Handbook (1998) and Individual Action MappingŠ (“I AM”) Report and Strategy (2007) and I Believe essay, National Public Radio This I Believe website, (2009). She writes a column, “As We Speak,” for the Pasadena San Gabriel Valley Journal News and is a guest writer for the Pasadena Weekly newspaper. For over twelve years, she served as host of “EBONY” a radio show on KPCC NPR and “As We Speak” on Pasadena cable television, with a live call-in format. Govine Ituarte is CEO of G. Govine Consulting. She served as Assistant Dean, School of Continuing Education, Pace University; National Director of Education, NAACP; and Executive Director, City of Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women. In 2012 she was appointed as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission for Women for a two-year term. Dr. Govine lives in Pasadena, California and Tijuana, B.C., Mexico with her husband Luis and precious pooch Tres Colores.

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