Stompin’ Ground Games: A Poetic Tour of Denver’s Shifting Landscapes, by Molina Speaks
In collaboration with Warm Cookies of the Revolution, I have completed and printed a new chapbook of poetry dedicated to the city of Denver. This is a limited edition chapbook. There are now 300 copies in print. Following is the Forward, or as I called it here, For Word.
This collection of poetry is for and about the people of Denver. As Live Poetic Scribe of Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s Stompin’ Ground Games, October 2015 – August 2016, I have been walking the city’s streets, visiting her corners and cafes, listening to her stories and her heartbeat, her conversations, her sounds, her poetry, her secrets, her trees and weeds, and the jackhammers and bulldozers that are redefining our experience within Denver. It has been my job to transform observations and realizations into poetry and prose. In addition to readings and performances in the neighborhoods reflected, these writings are compiled here as a time capsule to the city.
I did not set out with an agenda or a particular story to tell. Yet as I began the process of choosing and editing material for this chapbook, the theme of swift, defining and dramatic change was evident. The cultural, political and economic changes within this city within this moment are a microcosm of the shifts that are redefining social and structural landscapes across the planet. In these mechanized times of comfort for the few and survival of the many, my goal here is to present threads of our humanity.
We should not fear change. We are self-defeating when we loathe in our perceptions of powerlessness. We also should not feel compelled to accept change that does not serve us, we the people, the community. As poet—as architect of the palabra—I recognize our power to inspire ideas that provoke conversations that lead to intentions and actions that Manifest our outcomes.
We are in need of new realities for humanity. We cannot remain within the old frameworks and old tropes. We must speak, write, and create new stories for our seeds, our cultures, our townships, and our planet.
In palabra, in celebration of Denver’s history and future,
August 10th, 2016