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Author Archives: Richard A. Peña

Photographic Works from 1980 to 2019

Statement of Work: I have always been interested in photographic explorations which consist of themes within the framework of the history of photography, using the agencies of traditional landscapes, social landscapes, and experimental landscapes. The landscape becomes personal, like a pronoun. A terrain describing biographical, social, emotional, or cognitive experiences which define life,  sense of […]

Poetry: Last Exit to Hoboken – 14th Street Rhapsody

Ho-Ho-Kus, Hocus-Pocus, Abracadabra, half-past Moonachie and Weehawken, you find yourself in the taverns of Hoboken looking to find redemption, the sublime, and the Christopher Street line.  But you only find a room of lost and found souls, they opine and drink sweet wine. You say your father is a pawnbroker and your mother is a […]

The Color of Three Stones: Gold, Lapi lazuli, and Marble

What such a glorious world made of light and shadows, luminous intensities, with shades of magnificent and wondrous color.  The colors of day transition from dawn to sunset, regardless of the day, yet more often or so, the observer takes such splendor as the normalcy of everydayness.  Be that as it may, such beauty of […]

Blessed is the Night | Division Street

[Short Libretto-Ballad] Blessed is the night. Go down these city streets, down Division Street, way down Division Street, where the wind sways the autumn trees, like an autumn song.  So blessed is the night.  Oh, the leaves rustle all around my feet, streetlamp lanterns, dancing shadows, nocturne patterns, with rod iron bones and brownstones, echoes-of-elevated-trains, […]

Of Beauty, and Death

Forgive me with kindness for speaking of something as morose such as of beauty and death in the same breath, but both are breathing, iconic, mysterious, and often misunderstood. Beauty and of death are seldom the point of reflection in daily life, given the emotional and spiritual weight they pay tribute to.  The world we […]

Poetry: Of Beauty, and Death

O’ beauty and of death, when do the drumbeats rest for those blessed? When do the drumbeats rest for the transgressed? When do the drumbeats rest for the obsessed? O’ beauty and of death, the sky is thy paper and the sea is thy ink. Remember what beauty is, and the moon shall shed light […]

Poetry: Deep Below the Rich Earth

Deep below the rich earth lies a reddish-brown bird. Every now and then, I hear the reddish-brown bird sing at night; songs of solitude and beauty resonate in the cadence of passing time.  I try to ignore the songs, but they take root in my memory like words to a contract, as unspoken bonds of […]

Michel Dahamani Gatlif: The Persistence of Memory, Light, and Transnationalism

The Romani people, also known as Gypsies historically became widely dispersed ethnic segment throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.  The Gypsies arrived in Europe from the Middle East in the fourteenth century, either separating from the Dom people or very closely having a similar history. Genetic findings in 2012, suggest they originated in […]

Antonio Gil Y’Barbo – Pioneer, Deal Maker, and Father of Nacogdoches

Antonio Gil Y’Barbo, known as the Father of Nacogdoches, Texas, was born in 1729 in Los Adaes Presidio, New Spain.  His parents, Spanish colonists, Matheo Antonio Y’Barbo (b. 1698) and Juana Luzgarda Hernandez (b.1705) both born in Spain, were early arrivals to the Los Adaes Presidio, located on the northeastern frontier of New Spain from […]

Genetic Genealogy: Children of the Sun

In the night sky, the stars form patterns of mythical shapes, and twisting outlines, like a jeweled crown of thorns, with points of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Sirius, and Venus.  As the stars and constellations move across the darkness of the night sky, the starry crown twists, and turns, and forms a ladder leading us into […]