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Luzma Umpierre rated it did not like it Mar 08, David rated it it was amazing Dec 24, Jose Otero rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Mohammed Nihad marked it as to-read Nov 23, Sonia Allison marked it as to-read Feb 22, Felicia Ramos marked it as to-read May 19, Nousotros added it Aug 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Trivia About Yerba Buena: Dibu No trivia or quizzes yet. Reyes Rivera founded and edited his own press, Shamal Books, which also published poets from both communities, in addition to some of his own books.

Sandra Maria Esteves, Poetry, art, links and more

In his poetry, how- ever, Reyes Rivera is not just the poet of Nuyoricans and African Americans but extends his reach to Third World peoples everywhere. His outrage at the oppres- sion of the poor, as well as at racism, colonialism, and disenfranchisement is declaimed passionately in most of his work. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Reyes Rivera, Louis. Life of Oscar Wao It depicts the life of a Dominican immigrant family in the United States and incorporates the complexities of identity and oppres- sion.

Her highly autobiographical novel Geographies of Home deals with the stress that the recently arrived family feels and with the strains upon relationships that ultimately become abuse: mental, physical, and sexual. Rape, mental illness, and family disintegration are shown not only to be part of life in the big city but are also traced back to the abuse that existed in the Dominican Republic under dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Killing Spanish: Literary Essay on U.

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New York: Palgrave Macmillan, She received her early education at a Catholic boarding school, where her Spanish language and Hispanic culture were targeted for obliteration by strict Irish American nuns. Thus, at an early age, she discerned the language and culture conflicts that Hispanics experience in the United States. Later in life, these conflicts formed the basis for much of her poetry. Esteves studied art at the Pratt Institute in New York City; when, after various interruptions, she graduated in , her writing career was already firmly established.

In the early s, Esteves became part of the civil rights movement and the movement to gain independence for Puerto Rico.

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In connection with the latter, she sang and recited her poetry with a socialist musical group, simply titled El Grupo The Group , whose recordings became anthems for the independence movement. In a literary movement heavily directed by males, Esteves became a beacon of feminism.

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Her work as a painter followed a similar course as her writing, and she became affiliated with the Taller Boricua Puerto Rican Workshop , a socially committed collective of graphic artists. Library Journal named the book the best small- press publication in The title refers to mint, an herb that, in Caribbean culture, has medicinal qualities; her tropical and urban poems are meant to heal or mend the rifts of culture and gender conflict among Latinos and Latinas.

Despite widespread interest among publishers in issuing her works, Esteves self-published her next collection of poems, Tropical Rains , probably to control distribution herself. The book followed in the bilingual, urban vernacu- lar of Yerba Buena but did not have its impact.

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Like her other works, the line structures and blank verse of the poetry demonstrate that they are meant to be recited and performed. And we are people of African descent, although many African Americans see us as not of their kin.

Melissa M. Durham: Duke University Press, New York: Oxford University Press, Luis, William.

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Afro-Hispanic Review. Black Writers and the Hispanic Canon. New York: Twayne Publishers, Willis, Miriam DeCosta. Daughters of the Diaspora: Afra-Hispanic Writers. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, It is a fascinating narrative of bravery, boredom, despair, and triumph that we read today with great interest. This work is the first of the many chronicles and reports that Spanish military and governmental personnel, missionaries, and civilians generated over the next years that contain autobiographical elements.

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