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Poemas Callejeros / Streetwise Poems – Johanny Vázquez Paz

Poemas Callejeros / Streetwise Poems - Johanny Vázquez Paz

Poemas Callejeros / Streetwise Poems – Johanny Vázquez Paz

Poetry – bilingual. Paper, perfect bound,
74 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 0-932412-46-7

These sensuous and passionate poems explore one of the many strands of contemporary Latino immigrant experience, dancing the tropical sensibility of Puerto Rico among Chicago’s concrete and broken glass. In Spanish and English, with translations by the author.

2007 PEN Beyond Margins nominee
2007 Pushcart Prize nominee
Honorable Mention, Mariposa First Book Award, 2008 International Latino Book Awards

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La ciudad donde habito / The City Where I Live
by Johanny

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A Weakness for Boleros – Lidia Torres

A Weakness for Boleros - Lidia Torres

A Weakness for Boleros – Lidia Torres

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 48 pp
$12.50 plus s&h
2005, ISBN-0-932412-34-3



A Weakness for Boleros

by Lidia Torres

The bolero was composed for you and me.
For all the ten year olds drawn
to the plastic dials of the radio,
drooling a bit perhaps,
swaying uncontrollably as the air
in the room tensed, focused
on the sweet vortex of the singer’s voice.
Our breath caught between
the violin strings and the keys
of the piano, the soft beating
of the cowbell in the shadows of the song.
What did I know of that word querer
as I slow danced with

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