Trochemoche: Poems by Luis Rodriguezby Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis J. Rodrc-Guez, Luis J. Rodrguez
TROCHEMOCHE means helter-skelter in Spanish, and this book expresses the turmoil of the barrio and the various themes that drive Luis J. Rodríguez's poetry. Drawing on more than ten years of poems, Rodríguez writes powerfully and passionately about urban youth, family, and the plight of neglected communities, while exploring the rich
TROCHEMOCHE means helter-skelter in Spanish, and this book expresses the turmoil of the barrio and the various themes that drive Luis J. Rodríguez's poetry. Drawing on more than ten years of poems, Rodríguez writes powerfully and passionately about urban youth, family, and the plight of neglected communities, while exploring the rich cultural roots of his Chicano ancestry.
"Night Shift at St. Regis," an ironic and sometimes hilarious narrative about working in a paper company, might inspire some student poems about teens' own job experiences. "Hungry" and "This Could Have Happened," two poignant but very different poems about sacrifice, would be especially effective in a poetry unit. The language and subject matter of some of these works may offend some readers. The voices of these helter-skelter poems have many ways of speaking and come in many different people; razor-sharp, crude, brilliant, and vulgar, Rodriguez's poems offer a mature reader both pleasure and insights, but they are not for the squeamish.
VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
- Northwestern University Press
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- 1st EDITION
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Meet the Author
Luis J. Rodríguez has published fifteen books of poetry, children's literature, fiction, and nonfiction. He is best known for his 1993 memoir of gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. His awards include a Finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers Award, a PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, a Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and fellowships from the Sundance Institute, the Lannan Foundation, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Chicago, the California Arts Council, and the Illinois Arts Council, among others. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014 chose Luis J. Rodríguez as Poet Laureate of the city. Luis is also Visiting Scholar at California State University, Northridge.
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