Tonight at 9:30, live from the east coast, we've got another poet from the Nuyorican Poet Cafe: Jenna Fliesen (@jenna.fliesen )! Yes, she's going to make you tear up with her poetry, so make sure you've lit some candles and have Pretty in Pink on standby. She has appeared on our city's very own Barbed Wire Open Mic Series and is now making her way to the Hybrid Show. Jenna is one of my favorites from the brilliant group of poets from Nuyo and I'm ecstatic to bring another one of them on tonight!
“There she is. . . the “too much” woman. The one who loves too hard, feels too deeply, asks too often, desires too much.
There she is taking up too much space, with her laughter, her curves, her honesty, her sexuality. Her presence is as tall as a tree, as wide as a mountain. Her energy occupies every crevice of the room. Too much space she takes.
There she is causing a ruckus with her persistent wanting, too much wanting. She desires a lot, wants everything—too much happiness, too much alone time, too much pleasure. She’ll go through brimstone, murky river, and hellfire to get it. She’ll risk all to quell the longings of her heart and body. This makes her dangerous.
She is dangerous.
And there she goes, that “too much” woman, making people think too much, feel too much, swoon too much. She with her authentic prose and a self-assuredness in the way she carries herself. She with her belly laughs and her insatiable appetite and her proneness to fiery passion. All eyes on her, thinking she’s hot shit.
Oh, that “too much” woman. . . too loud, too vibrant, too honest, too emotional, too smart, too intense, too pretty, too difficult, too sensitive, too wild, too intimidating, too successful, too fat, too strong, too political, too joyous, too needy—too much.
She should simmer down a bit, be taken down a couple notches. Someone should put her back in a more respectable place. Someone should tell her.
Here I am. . . the Too Much Woman, with my too-tender heart and my too-much emotions.
A hedonist, feminist, pleasure seeker, empath. I want a lot—justice, sincerity, spaciousness, ease, intimacy, actualization, respect, to be seen, to be understood, your undivided attention, and all of your promises to be kept.
I’ve been called high maintenance because I want what I want, and intimidating because of the space I occupy. I’ve been called selfish because I am self-loving. I’ve been called a witch because I know how to heal myself.
And still. . . I rise. Still, I want and feel and ask and risk and take up space.
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That's a wrap, folks! As the screen goes dark, we'd like to thank the people who filled the 1,500 cars, trucks, SUVS and vans — and maintained social distancing measures! — at our Plaza Classic Film Festival On Tour movies from July 30-August 9, the hundreds who logged on to our PCFF Online programs from August 5-9, and the dozens who parked the cars, scanned the tickets, ran the projection and sound, set up the portable screen (and painted the hangar doors at the airport) and performed myriad other tasks to make this pandemic edition of PCFF a success!
Head to the Plaza Classic Facebook page for more photos from all the events.
The festival is made possible by the generous support and cooperation of Ardovino’s Desert Crossing @Ardovinosdc, the El Paso Community College @epccnews, the El Paso International Airport @flyelp, @ElPasoLive, the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department, the El Paso Sports Commission, Paul L. Foster Family Foundation, @myGECU, Debbi Hester/Realtor and Perry Hester/Realtor, @theHospitalsofProvidence, @insituarc In*Situ Architecture, Mills Plaza Properties, the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department @MCAD, the Texas Film Commission @texasfilmcomm, @tfcu_elpaso, and Tammy Vasilatos CPA.