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Heartbeats, Rhythms, And Fire

Heartbeats, Rhythms, And Fire


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Heartbeats, Rhythms, And Fire is José Angel Figueroa's newest poetry and prose collection. As a leading writer of the Nuyorican literary movement, Figueroa is best known for his powerful social commentary and mastery of visual imagery. His writings — lyrical and rhythmic, at times autobiographical, and sometimes politically charged — do not fit neatly into one style or category. This collection explores universal themes of human experience as well as contemporary social issues. It includes poetic storytelling, short essays, monologues, and elegies.

Heartbeats, Rhythms, And Fire
invites the reader to question the origins of self, the construction of time, the roots of love, and the unpredictability of everyday life and crossing paths with unusual people. Figueroa's accounts of migration journeys and racism offer an insider perspective. His narratives of poverty, violence against women, and entrenched injustice uplift the voices of everyday people who toppled the governor of Puerto Rico in 2019 and the passion and fire of activists like Erica Garner who fought police violence, and Oscar Lopez Rivera, the former Puerto Rican political prisoner. Figueroa shares a voyage that ebbs and flows arriving to where he concludes no one "can't kill relentless faith born from the spirituals of stardust and many rivers."

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ISBN-13: 9781734027129
Publisher: Red Sugarcane Press, Inc
Publication date: 12/09/2019
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

José Angel Figueroa was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico but grew up in the Southeast Bronx. He is a poet, playwright, actor, editor, and professor. Figueroa is best known for a diverse body of work that reflects on the Latinx experience; the colonization of Puerto Rico, and the exploitation of people of color in the United States. Among his books are: The Invisibles (coauthor George Malave), A Mirror In My Own Backstage, Un Espejo En Mi Propio Bastidor, Hypocrisy Held Hostage, Noo Jork, and East 110th Street.

An early writer of the Puerto Rican experience in New York, Figueroa was a major contributor to the Neorican literary movement and the original Nuyorican Poets Café, and is credited in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture & Identity in America, and The Nuyorican Experience. His writings have been internationally translated, published, and widely anthologized in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Papiros De Babel: Antologia de la poesía puertorriqueña en Nueva York, Red, White, and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America, and Puerto Rican Writers at Home in the USA, among others.

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