Raul Salinas, A Tender Warrior Has Left This Realm

I just received this notice. For sometime we knew Raul was on his way. Knowing is one state. The hole of grief-for us, and joy for the ancestors welcoming him is another process of state.
I met Raul years ago in Austin at one of the first multicultural literary events to be held in our time. He was a gentle, powerful force. We will miss him.

His most recent book, "raúl salinas and the Jail Machine: Selected Writings of raúl salinas" was published in 2006 by University of Texas Press.

"This is my world," Salinas said, "I have to navigate it. I've always combined my art, my politics, my spirituality, as part of my total being."

From: "ResistenciaBooks"
To: "Resistencia Bookstore"
Subject: "A Tender Warrior Fell Today..."
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 21:39:46 +0000

Saludos desde Resistencia Bookstore, Casa de Red Salmon Arts,

It is with great sadness we inform all of our community supporters,
comrades, familia and colegas about the passing of our elder, teacher,
father, chicanindio, and poeta revolutionario raúlrsalinas.

As you may know, for the past couple of years, raúl has been struggling with
his health. We understand that it's difficult for us to let him go, but
since the beginning of the year his health continued to be a major
challenge. Unfortunately, his body just could not take the strain and was
deteriorating at a rapid pa ce. Ev en though he has left this realm and it's a
great loss para nuestro pueblo, his spirit is strong and lives on in all of

As his family provides more information, we will share it with everyone. For
now this is just a notification of the passing of our brother. We will
notify you about where you can send condolences, flowers, and cards as we
get more information. An altar has been created in front of the bookstore
on South First St. in Austin, Texas for now. We thank everyone for their
good energy and support and prayers in this time of loss and mourning.


Rene Valdez


Pamela said...

I met Raul in Austin at that same multi-cultural reading--a warm, bright and passionate spirit, an elder to learn from.

Pam Uschuk, Durango, Colorado

eD said...

Dear Mrs. Harjo,
Last year I wrote an essay on your poetry with which I won a 2 prize at a conference.I don't know if I can bother you with it, but I thought to ask you to take a galce at it. If there is any chance please let me know.I am from Romania,but a Hungarian.Thank you. Edina

Albuquerque Art Business Assn. (AABA) said...

Joy - there is an old Malvina Reynolds song she wrote when dying of cancer. One line goes "It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to say goodby." I hope I can be that graceful when my time comes, as it will for all of us.