My Nature Is Hunger: New and Selected Poems, 1989-2004

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My Nature is Hunger is the first poetry collection in five years by this major award-winning Latino author. It includes selections from his previous books, Poems Across the Pavement, The Concrete River, and Trochemoche, and 26 new poems that reflect his increasingly global view, his hard-won spirituality, and his movement toward reconciliation with his family and his past.

Though Rodríguez is the most authentic voice of the barrio, many ...

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My Nature Is Hunger: New and Selected Poems: 1989?2004

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Overview

My Nature is Hunger is the first poetry collection in five years by this major award-winning Latino author. It includes selections from his previous books, Poems Across the Pavement, The Concrete River, and Trochemoche, and 26 new poems that reflect his increasingly global view, his hard-won spirituality, and his movement toward reconciliation with his family and his past.

Though Rodríguez is the most authentic voice of the barrio, many reviewers have commented on the universality of his work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931896245
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 816,956
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The son of Mexican immigrants, Luis J. Rodríguez grew up in Watts and East Los Angeles. He began writing in his early teens and eventually won national recognition as a poet, journalist, fiction writer, children's book writer, and critic. He is currently working as a peacemaker among gangs on a national and international level. After spending 15 years in Chicago, Rodríguez returned with his family to Los Angeles, where he helped create Tia Chucha's Café & Centro Cultural, a multi-arts, multimedia cultural center in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

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Table of Contents

from Poems Across the Pavement - 1989
Running to America 1
Somebody Was Breaking Windows 3
Rosalie has Candles 5
The Monster 6
Palmas 7
Piece by Piece 9
The Calling 10
from The Concrete River - 1991
Watts Bleeds 15
Tia Chucha 17
Night Dance-Watts 1975-78 19
The Concrete River 20
The Rooster Who Thought It Was a Dog 23
Black Mexican 25
The Bull's Eye Inn 27
Waiting 30
Don't Read That Poem! 32
Jarocho Blues 34
Jesus Saves 36
The Blast Furnace 38
They Come To Dance 39
Carrying My Tools 42
Bethlehem No More 44
Every Road 46
Every Breath, a Prayer 47
Lips 49
from Trochemoche - 1998
Meeting the Animal in Washington Square Park 53
Victory, Victoria, My Beautiful Whisper 55
Catacombs 56
To the police officer who refused to sit in the same room as my son because he's a "gang banger" 57
A Tale of Los Lobos 59
Woman on the First Street Bridge 62
The Rabbi and the Cholo 64
Cinco de Mayo 67
Civilization 68
Fire 70
Red Screams 72
A Fence of Lights 73
Next Generation 74
At Quenchers Bar When You Said Goodbye 75
The Face on the Radio 76
The Object of Intent Is To Get There 77
Untouched 78
A Father's Lesson 79
Francisca 80
Suburbia 81
Believe me when I say... 82
Reflection on El Train Glass 83
The Quiet Woman 84
Questions for Which You Are Always the Answer 85
"Eva sitting on the curb with pen and paper before the torturers came to get her" 86
Seguro Que Hell Yes! 88
Poem for Shakespeare & Company 90
Yo Voy Ami! 91
Rant, Rave & Ricochet 94
Cloth of Muscle and Hair 96
The Old Woman of Merida 97
from Notes of a Bald Cricket 98
New Poems
My Name's Not Rodriguez 105
Coal-Seller in White Dress 107
The Cockroaches I Married 109
Mickey Mouse Pancakes 112
My Nature Is Hunger 114
Exiled in the Country of Reason 116
Passersby 119
Listening to Return To Forever's "Romantic Warrior" with Susana in an Empty Room of my Recently Rented Echo Park Apartment 120
Mother by the Lake 121
Suicide Sweet 123
Sometimes a Man Comes 127
Time and Nature 128
Loving What You Leave 130
Ritchie Valens Doesn't Sing Here Anymore 131
Mexika Science 133
The Gold Beneath Our Feet 134
Banned 135
Fat 136
The Chuskas-Navajo Land 1998 137
Rez Dogs 138
Untitled 139
Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! 140
Chuparosa (Hummingbird) 141
Existence 142
Nightfall: Poems to Ponder in War and Uncertainty 143
The Wanton Life 147
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