Love Is Hard Work: Memorias de Loisaida/Poems

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An exponent of contemporary Latino literature and the founder of the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe+a7, a poetry salon in New York City, presents a cycle of poems redolent of the sights, sounds, and culture of the city. Simultaneous. 10,000 first printing.

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As the owner of the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Miguel Algarín is very near the heart of New York's performance poetry scene. He is also a fine writer, one whose work Ishmael Reed has called "powerful, moving, and exciting." In this collection, Algarín takes the reader through a vivid and often nightmarish dreamscape of New York, featuring Angels (including the old-fashioned scary kind), dancing, music, and, sadly, HIV. Algarín's own struggle with the disease drives many of his most poignant lines, as in these from "HIV": "The epiphany: I am unsafe, / you who want me / know that I who want you / harbor the bitter balm of defeat." Later in the same poem Algarín asks two horrified, lonely questions: "Can it be that I am the bearer of plagues? / Do I have to deny yearning for firm full flesh / so that I'll not kill what I love?" That the answer is obvious makes the questions that much more haunting.

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Miguel Algarin is a founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on New York City's Lower East Side and has hosted the Cafe's live radio broadcasts on WBAI for more than 18 years. He is also a distinguished poet and critic with several books to his credit. He teaches at Rutgers University.

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