"Americo Casiano Jr. ... is able to transcend the one-dimensional, limited focus and explore the complexity and variety of our lives-our past and our future, our desires and our demons. Read Americo's work carefully. It reflects community life, the fight against the drug scourge, the experiences of driving a livery cab in New York, and the struggle for justice. His work celebrates the beauty of who we are-a multi-racial, multi-skilled community of working people."
-From the Introduction by Richard Perez
On the Stand presents the deeply moving and rhythmic voice of Américo Casiano Jr., recipient of the 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship.
Composed of more than twenty poems, this intimate collection is Casiano's personal odyssey from the Caribbean beaches of his native Puerto Rico to the tenements of his urban America. His discerning imagery and lyrical tone reflects the conflict, confusion, and eventual serenity of a man's voyage between the cultures of two worlds.
Capturing the profound and polemic essence of the American urban Latino, On the Stand is destined to become a modern classic.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one man's odyssey between two worlds from his native Puerto Rican childhood to the many conflicts faced in his growth in the States. The diverse poems are little gems depicting his struggles, his love for family and friends, and the choices he had to make. It is a book I recommend as a source for discussion in schools, community centers and home gatherings.
I agree with the introduction. This collection of poetry does reflects a man's introspective, meditative voyage through his life, his soul, his America. His willingness to share images of his family is touching ¿ especially that of his mother. The poems dedicated to some of our hard working musicians I think is long over due. This book of poetry is a good example of contemporary American free verse ¿ a refreshing break from the so-called spoken word.