Pedro Pietri

Pedro Pietri

Selected Poetry

Book - 2015
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"There was no one in this country as ferocious, as brilliant, or as necessary as Pedro Pietri. In these days of growing inequality it is to his rebel vision I turn to for hope and for strength. A towering poet, absolutely peerless, explosively talented, a pioneer, and iconoclast, and activist, to whom the entire spoken word movement owes a debt beyond calculation."-Junot Diaz. "One of the great American poets of the twentieth century, a leader of the Nuyorican poetry movement that ignited at Miguel Algarín's Nuyorican Poet's Cafe. Perhaps the most progressive and at the same time funniest poet of the period."-Amiri Baraka. Pedro Pietri's often playfully absurd poems chronicle the joys and struggles of Nuyoricans--urban Puerto Ricans whose lives straddle the islands of Puerto Rico and Manhattan--and define the Latino experience in urban America. By turns angry, heartbreaking, and hopeful, his writings are imbued with a sense of pride and nationalism and were embraced by the generation of Latino poets that followed him. Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry gathers the most enduring and treasured work among his published books, Puerto Rican Obituary, Traffic Violations, and Out of Order, along with a generous selection of previously unpublished works. Pedro Pietri (1944-2004) was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and raised in Manhattan. In the early '70s he co-founded the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Juan Flores is a professor and director of Latino Studies at New York University. Pedro Lopez Adorno is a professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies of Hunter College since 1987"--
Publisher: San Francisco : City Lights Publishers, [2015]
ISBN: 9780872866560
Branch Call Number: 811.54 P618P 2015
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 21 cm


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