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

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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"This spirited, significant collection of poetry for young adults by poets of Latin American heritage is enlivened both by the considerable energy of the poems and by the juxtaposition—and sometimes intermingling—of English and Spanish. ... The collection is eminently successful in celebrating the particular experience of growing up Latino in the United States." —The Horn Book, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250016782
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 252,957
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori M. Carlson is an editor and translator who has concentrated on bringing Latino literature to American readers. As co-editor of Where Angels Glide at Dawn, she introduced new Latin American authors to younger readers. She is the founder of the bilingual children’s magazine Azul. Most recently she edited American Eyes. Ms. Carlson lives in New York City.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    An amazing collection of poetry

    This collection is a treasure among poetry, not only for its rich collection of voices and poignant social commentary on being Latin in America, but for its brutal honesty and courageous content that reveals both the beautiful and horrendous aspects of American culture as well as the Latin culture that these poets have left behind. All of the voices teach educational lessons to the readers, and bring an edge about the realities of living in America that can only be told accurately through the mouths of those experiencing it.

    This is an excellent read for all cultures who've found themselves in America, especially those who grow up in secluded suburban neighborhoods and have no concept or empathy for 'the other'. I recommend this text to all readers, especially early teens since so few books of poetry are written for this age group.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2001

    excellent !

    This book is a great book. becasue it teaches different people that are not Latinos what we face and what goes throught in our daily life being Latinos.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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