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Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 2 Sandra Cisneros: The Most Famous Chicana Writer Revenge only engenders violence, not clarity and true peace. I think liberation must come from within. This was stated by Sandra Cisneros, who further explains this point of view in her poetry. Cisneros is a Mexican-American woman, who was born on December 20, 1954. She was raised in a predominately poor community in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother was an immensely strong, independent woman who was Cisneros main role model. Her father was an upstanding citizen and worked excessively hard to provide for his family of nine. His homesickness greatly affected his childrens lives, and caused a homeless feeling for his only daughter. She moved between Chicago and Mexico City the majority of her childhood, but currently resides in San Antonio, Texas (Hispanic Heritage: Sandra Cisneros ). Cisneros writing success has been affected by many variables in her life. She got her start in writing as a young child growing up in one of the poorest communities in Chicago. She was the only daughter in a family of six boys and didnt have a close relationship to any of them. I addition, she never made any long-lasting friendships, due to her families near constant migration between her birthplace and her fathers hometown. All of those factors led her to feel lonely, and she began creating stories and characters in her head (About Sandra Cisneros). Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 3 She was encouraged to put them on paper when her mother took her to the local library. Cisneros playfully states, I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my last name in the card catalog, (Sandra Cisneros Quotes). Cisneros pursued this dream as she matured and got a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University. She then went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. Soon after, she published her first novel in 1984, The House on Mango Street. She claims that this work and many others by her were influenced by strong male writers, such as Jorge Luis Borges, James Writ, Richard Hugo, and Theodore Roethke (Sandra Cisneros). They turned out to be very efficacious people to model her works after, as she because very successful. In 1995, she was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship award. In 2003, she was granted the Texas Medal of Arts (About Sandra Cisneros). Several things have affected Cisneros poems and novels. First and foremost, she writes almost always about her childhood and how it formed her as a person. An unusual theme in her poems is about how she is a bad person. She reiterates in many poems how she let people down and made poor choices, but she has very little regret about these decisions. She also includes the point of view of influential people in her life who have suffered in some way. Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 4 In addition, she writes poems in English, but with several Spanish words incorporated (Sandra Cisneros). She will leave an impression on the literature community because she writes freely about her controversial stand point on taboo topics such as: feminism, sexuality, and unhealthy relationships. Without a shadow of a doubt, Sandra Cisneros will leave a lasting impression on future poets and nations. Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 5 Old Maids Las Girlfriends Caramelo You Are My Saltwater Pearl My Wicked, Wicked Ways Loose Women Night Madness Poem Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 6 Night Madness Poem by Sandra Cisneros There's a poem in my head like too many cups of coffee. A pea under twenty eiderdowns A sadness in my heart like stone. A telephone. And always my Night madness that outs like bats across this Texas sky. Im the crazy lady they warned you about. The she of rumor talked about - and worse, who talks. It's no secret. I'm here. Under a circle of light. The light always on, resisting a glass, an easy cigar. The kind who reels the twilight sky. Swoop circling. Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 7 I'm witch woman high on tobacco and holy water. I'm a woman delighted with her disasters. They give me something to do. A profession of sorts. Keeps me industrious And of some serviceable use. In dreams the origami of the brain Opens like a fist, a pomegranate, an expensive geometry. Not true. I haven't a clue Why I'm rumpled tonight. Choose your weapon. Minethe telephone, my tongue. Both black as a gun. I have the magic of words, the power to charm and kill at will. To kill myself or to aim haphazardly. And kill you. Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 8 In Night Madness Poem by Sandra Cisneros, she uses tone to show how she feels on the manner of which she and other women like her are interpreted. A pea under twenty eiderdowns means that even though she is living a comfortable life now, there is still something that is bothering her. The issue that continues to trouble her is further exposed in the lines Im a witch woman high/ on tobacco and holy water. / Im a woman delighted with her disasters. / They give me something to do which shows that she is aware of the mistakes she has made in her life, but is satisfied despite the fact that she must defend herself to critics. She reveals that she isnt afraid to protect herself by speaking out for what she believes in, even though she has become famous, yet criticized, for those loud opinions. This is shown though the lines The she of rumor talked about-/ and worse, who talks. / Its no secret. / Im here. Under a circle of light. Perhaps she sees it as her duty to speak out for woman like her who have been put down because of their reckless ways, and believes that without having a voice for them, her writing abilities will go to waste. The reader is led to consider this because of the lines in Night Madness Poem stating, A profession of sorts. / Keeps me industrious/ And of some serviceable use. Her drive to support these women sends her to battle in some ways, as shown in the lines Choose your weapon. / Minethe telephone, my tongue. The final lines of the poem I have the magic of words, / the power to charm and kill at will. / To kill myself or aim haphazardly. / And kill you. show that she is aware that her point of view and strong reinforcement of it could hurt her writing career, but it may also silence people who are discriminatory against women like her. Sandra Cisneros use of tone helps the reader to feel her emotion towards the way she and others have been judged. Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 9 I chose Sandra Cisneros Old Maids because of its relatable topic. The lines We dont marry/ were too old/ by Mexican standards/ and the relatives/ have lone suspected/ we cant anymore/ in white struck me as a situation that many women deal with today. Cisneros is just one such woman who is frowned upon by her family for her lack of a successful marriage. Similar circumstances are shown in todays pop culture, such as through movies like My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Cisneros often connects with popular issues in todays world. Old Maids by Sandra Cisneros My cousins and I, we don't marry. We're too old by Mexican standards. And the relatives have long suspected we can't anymore in white. My cousins and I, we're all old maids at thirty. Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 10 Who won't dress children, and never saints-- though we undress them. The aunts, they've given up on us. No longer nudge--You're next. Instead-- What happened in your childhood? What left you all mean teens? Who hurt you, honey? But we've studied marriages too long-- Aunt Ariadne, Tia Vashti, Comadre Penelope, querida Malintzin, Senora Pumpkin Shell-- lessons that served us well. Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 11 Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros has several beautiful lines that struck me as significant. The end lines of the poem, which are I am considered harmless. / Armed and dangerous. / But only to me, I found very insightful. It is nearly a narrative of her life in the ways that she is pleasant to others, but tears herself down. I believe that this is something that most people do, and Cisneros showed that she connects with people on a deep level in Caramelo. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros I sleep with the cat when no one will have me. When I can't give it away for love or money -- I telephone the ones who used to love me. Or try to lure the leery into my pretty web. Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 12 I'm looney as a June bride. Cold as a bruja's tit. A pathetic bitch. In short, an ordinary woman. Grateful to excessiveness. At the slightest tug of generousness, I stick to the cyclops who takes me, lets me pee on the carpet and keeps me fed. Have you seen this woman? I am considered harmless. Armed and dangerous. But only to me. Biography List of Works Sample Poems Inspired Poems Original Poems Bibliography Slide 13 My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros This is my father. See? He is young. He looks like Errol Flynn. He is wearing a hat that tips over one eye, a suit that fits him good, and baggy pants. He is also wearing those awful shoes, the two-toned ones my mother hates. Here is my mother. She is not crying. She cannot look into the lens because the sun is bright. The woman, the one my father knows, is not here. She does not come till

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