House with the blue bed By: alfred artega
About the author •Arteaga was born in East Los Angeles and raised in Whittier, California. •He attended Monte Vista High School which has since been converted to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's academy. •He received a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Columbia University in 1974, and a master's degree and doctorate in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1984 and 1987. •From 1977-87, Arteaga taught as an instructor of Mexican American Studies and English at San José City College.
About the author (cont) •He served as an assistant professor of English at the University of Houston from 1987-90. Arteaga originally joined the University of California, Berkeley faculty in 1990 as an assistant professor of English and was tenured in the Department of Ethnic Studies in 1998. •He became a Professor in 2008. His studies and teaching focused on the contributions of contemporary Chicano literature and music to American culture. He drew attention to the hybrid culture of Chicano writers by focusing on their hybrid use of language. •He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship (1993–94), a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry (1995), and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award (1998).
JUST BY LOOKING AT THE TITLE AND COVER OF THE BOOK WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE SIGNIFICANTS OF THE BLUE BED?!
Why do you think the author decided to title each chapter instead of referring it to a number i.e Chapter 1, Chapter 2
Other Work of the author POERTY •Cantos (Chusma House Publications, 1991) •Love in the Time of Aftershocks (Chusma House and Moving Parts Press, 1998) •Red (Bilingual Review Press, 2000) •Frozen Accident (Tia Chucha, 2006) ESSAY •An Other Tongue: Nation and Ethnicity in the Linguistic Borderlands (Duke University Press, 1994) •Chicano Poetics: Heterotexts and Hybridities (Cambridge University Press, 1997)
Chapters 1 Takes place in donegal bay ireland Describes the bay where a war was placed between the spainards and were beaten by the irish The sand reminds aretega of fond memories Describes the sand to be rough.
Chapter 2: Sands the author describes the beach Galveston to the gulf of Mexico the sand here is very fine The author is a little hesitant to come to Galveston he describes it as each step forward you come deeper in the sand.
Chapter 3:air In this poem he describes a beach with cold weather and dense fog. He describes a bunch of stories into like a group meeting and how a sad hotel manger invtied him into his home and served him wine. Like a postive atmosphere.
Discussion question How could you realte this poem in your life? Was it weird for the hotel manger invite aretega in?
Chapter 4:breathe In this chapter artega describes his imperfect ways and how he's a poet.
Chapter 5:bodies In this chapter he watched two women get murdered in front of them both by car accidents. One in Ireland, one in Paris. He watched racism before his eyes, when the police through a father in handcuffs in front of son.
if someone was in trouble would you rush to save them or just stayed their? Why did he watch from a distance?
Chapter 6: rape In this chapter arteaga becomes a father at the age of 24. He has a daughter and he comes back to los angles to his wife. He stayed with his sister and her husband. The neighbor screams she has been raped.
Discussion Question How would it feel to have a close person hurt before you very eyes? Would it impact you if it was a neighbor?
Chapter 7: days Artega claims that he has dislocacia. Meaning that he sometimes cannot remember at a given point what city he is I due to constant moving between different paces.
Chapter 8: maze He describes he has joy in spontanous displacement Takes a break from the norm. He enjoys the attendant sense of wonder. Got lost in mexico city once. Used the hansel and greatal trick(bread crumm tracks) In the end when the realiston of being lost comperhended he felt broken off from the world nonexistant.
Discussion question Does it make sense to be lost in life sometimes? To take a break from the norm?
Discussion questions. •What do you think sand stands for? Is it literal or figurative? •“The skin is warmer than the interior beneath; it is the reverse of the human body, than the skin and blood of the foot for example. I recall walking there, losing steps there as in no other place. In truth I lost my way coming aware of each single step” Page 7 (last two sentences) •What does this quote make you think of or give you a mental picture of? •Why do you think beaches play a major role in the first few pages of the book? •Does Sand 1 and Sands 2 seem to be written as a poem? •Why do you think the author decided to use rhetorical questions? i.e page 11 “what next? What instead”