Advent of the Winter Solstice

Advent of the Winter Solstice

The Advent of Winter Solstice

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My Dear, What shall we do through the longest night
when the moon and the star remain in sight
and dawn hovers in the wings
waiting for its interminable cue?

My Dear, we will be posted at our computers
catching the hem of the skirt
of every passing muse
in the dust of time
in this longest moonshine
brewing an elixir of memory and metaphor
Our fingers will capture it
letter by space bar
Verses sent off by electrical force we don’t understand
Our words bumping into other’s words
flying through cyber space
will create a universe of poetry in cyber clouds
of ever expanding immensity
of ever expanding immensity
becoming finite in the print-out of pages.

from Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012

Jack Foley, literary critic and KPFA reviewer, said of Heart Strong:

“Nina Serrano’s poems in Heart Strong swirl in different directions. Her words and images tell the tale of a woman existing in the midst history – in an age in which, strangely enough, it seems absolutely necessary to affirm that one can feel love. How in the murderous twentieth/twenty-first century…can love exist at all? Heart Strong tells how it can exist, and flourish, and even – in the midst of horror both personal and historical– heal. A strong heart (a strong heart is the very basis of poetry) can be a weapon.”

Acclaimed poet and poetry editor & educator, Andrena Zawinsky said:

“Nina Serrano’s Heart Strong…moves us through a range of poems where some dream, others ponder life’s mysteries, still others read like indigenous parables; and in some we stare head-on with her and unflinchingly into the face of death. Many of the poems are narrative, others lyrical, sometimes meditative, still other inventive in form. We are often rooted in place as a stage for serious struggle for global social justice; and yet Serrano can delight as she “throws a ring around the moon” or “conjures a chorus of birds…quetzals of glory.” The poet cherishes life’s small moments, elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary, as any real poet must.…”

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About Nina Serrano

Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.


Advent of the Winter Solstice — 1 Comment

  1. I am a huge fan Nina Serrano. Your poetry never fails to be an arrow to my heart, spreading joy and delight at your turn of phrase. ie,”catching the hem of the skirt of every passing muse in the dust of time”
    I want to hear more about your Master’s thesis on the establishing of new myths. I often teach about myths and it seems your work is ripe to be included in a curriculum…
    Thanks for your ongoing inspiration Nina!

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