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El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poets

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ISBN 10: 1558491112 / ISBN 13: 9781558491113
Published by University of Massachusetts Press, 1997
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Title: El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poets

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Publication Date: 1997

Book Condition:Good

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El Coro offers proof that Latino/a poetry today is more complex and diverse, more beautiful and powerful, than had been previously acknowledged.
Here we find the open expression of anger and grief, self-mocking humor, the music of protest, the quiet assertion of dignity, and the raucous celebration of survival. There are poems about stoop labor and welfare offices and housing projects, but also poems about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the Minotaur.
Among the poets are former farm workers and gang members, a practicing physician, an ex-tenant lawyer, two professional chefs, and a Vietnam veteran. One poet was a political prisoner for six years; another staged a famous hunger strike; still another was indicted for her work with Central American refugees. In many ways this collection of poets comprises a chorus. Their song humanizes in the face of dehumanization.

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Martin Espada's Imagine the Angels of Bread was awarded the American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation and was nominated earlier for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Espada has published five books of poetry and also edited Poetry Like Break: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press. He is professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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