Starting a new series of poetry workshops with Truong Tran tonight. Last year’s workshop set off a tangent of work that has since become the bedrock for Anywhere Avenue.
Really looking forward to developing another crop of work to add to the IWL and VONA poems which I will soon be forming into Another View of Anywhere Avenue (or somethin like that).
In the last week, I read through Eugene V Mohr’s The Nuyorican Experience: Literature of the Puerto Rican Minority. Written in 1982 by a Puerto Rican Professor it takes a critical look at the works of Miguel PiÃ±ero, Piri Thomas, Nicolasa Mohr (no relation to the author), the poets of the original Nuyorican Poets CafÃ© (on Sixth Street) and many others, highlighting where the work succeeds and fails from a literary standpoint. If you are interested in Nuyorican lit, you should really pick this up or check it out of your library like I did.
Currently reading Reginald Lockett’s The Party Crashers of Paradise and Juna Felipe Herrera’s Border-Crosser With a Lamborghini Dream with snippets of Victor HernÃ¡ndez Cruz’s Mainlands (a first edition(!) Barb found in a used bookstore). All three of these volumes have me getting as Low-Riding-West-Side-Gum-Snappin-Slick-Rappin as it can get.