vocalisms #18: Eduardo C. Corral


vocalisms is a regular feature that presents selected tracks from voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library of more than 800 recorded readings, spanning from 1963 to today.

photo of Eduardo C. Corral

The Poetry Center’s education staff works tirelessly to bring poets and teaching artists to Tucson classrooms. In 2013, Tucson High Magnet School was treated to a reading by Natalie Diaz and Eduardo C. Corral through their efforts. In this recording, Corral discusses his use of code-switching (using both Spanish and English together) and reads a poem from Slow Lightning, which won the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize in 2011. “People think poetry is made out of big ideas, big thoughts,” Corral says to the students. “No, poetry is made out of language. And all of you have access to language.” If you have time to listen to more than one track, check out the Question and Answer Session. In the first track titled “Question and Answer Session (Continued),” Diaz expands on Corral’s thoughts, inviting students to write from the richness of their own particular stories.