Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States

by Lori Marie Carlson 
Introduction by Oscar Hijuelos

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Square Fish; Rep Blg edition (March 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250016789
ISBN-13: 978-1250016782

Growing up Latino in America means speaking two languages, living two lives, learning the rules of two cultures. Cool Salsa celebrates the tones, rhythms, sounds, and experiences of that double life. Here are poems about families and parties, insults and sad memories, hot dogs and mangos, the sweet syllables of Spanish and the snag-toothed traps of English. Here is the glory—and pain—of being Latino American.

Latino Americans hail from Cuba and California, Mexico and Michigan, Nicaragua and New York, and editor Lori M. Carlson has made sure to capture all of those accents. With poets such as Sandra Cisneros, Martín Espada, Gary Soto, and Ed Vega, and a very personal introduction by Oscar Hijuelos, this collection encompasses the voices of Latino America. By selecting poems about the experiences of teenagers, Carlson has given a focus to that rich diversity; by presenting the poems both in their original language and in translation, she has made them available to us all.

As you move from memories of red wagons to dreams of orange trees to fights with street gangs, you feel Cool Salsa’s musical and emotional cross rhythms. Here is a world of exciting poetry for you, y tú también.

1 comment:

Luzma Umpierre said...

I just wrote an extensive comment on this book and it was deleted. Amazing that Em is doing tricks and not publishing my comments or re-instating my website!