What people are saying - Write a review
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.
inspiring, I am really touched by her work.