Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Mixturao and Other Poems by Tato Laviera

In the title poem of Tato Laviera's fifth poetry collection, "Mixturao," he celebrates the mix of diverse cultures and languages that make up America, and challenges those who advocate a monolingual existence: "We who integrate/urban America/simmering in each other's/slangs indigenous/nativizing our tongues'/cruising accents/who are you, English, /telling me, 'Speak only English/or die?'" Laviera deftly combines English and Spanish in this poetic celebration of his own bilingual, bicultural existence and the ever-increasing use of both languages in all fields, from music to technology. In his poem entitled "Spanglish," he writes: "pues estoy creando spanglish/bi-cultural systems/scientific lexicographical/inter-textual integrations/two expressions/existentially wired/two dominant languages/continentally abrazandose . . ." Divided into sections that examine borders, women, men, neighborhoods, and folklore, Laviera continues his life-long poetic exploration of his Afro-Puerto Rican roots planted in the urban cacophony of New York City. In "Nideaquinedealla" ("Neither from Here nor from There"), he writes about the sense of alienation that all immigrants face when they are considered foreigners in both their native and adopted lands. The poems of Tato Laviera are complex and engaging, and through his words, his spirits, his bilingualism, and his dual identity, he offers the reader poems that are a celebration of life and identity.

Buy Mixturao and Other Poems by Tato Laviera from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781558855243
ISBN-10: 1558855246
Format: Paperback / softback
(211mm x 137mm x 8mm)
Pages: 73
Imprint: Arte Publico Press
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Mixturao and Other Poems by Tato Laviera

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Mixturao and Other Poems book by Tato Laviera and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Tato Laviera

Bendici N by Tato Laviera
Paperback, November 2014
$42.86