Poems Across the Pavement: 25th Anniversary Edition

Poems Across the Pavement: 25th Anniversary Edition

by Luis J. Rodriguez


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Poems Across the Pavement: 25th Anniversary Edition by Luis J. Rodriguez

Tia Chucha Press started twenty-five years ago in Chicago with the publication of Luis J. Rodriguez’s first book, Poems Across the Pavement. As founder/editor of the Press, Rodriguez has sincepublished more than fifty poetry collections of quality crosscultural U.S. poets, as well as anthologies, chapbooks, and a CD. Tia Chucha Press is now a project of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, which Rodriguez helped create in 2001 with his wife Trini.

We are honored to announce the 25th Anniversary Edition of Poems Across the Pavement—close to twenty poems of an emerging poet that began a prolific writing career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781882688487
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 42
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Luis J. Rodriguez 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–Reader’s 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. His latest book is It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 25-year Anniversary Edition 9

Running to America 13

I Hear a Saxophone 16

String Bean 18

Rosalie Has Candies 21

The Monster 22

"Race" Politics 24

Tombstone Poets 26

Lucinda 28

Palmas 30

With Stone Hands and Fire Eyes 32

No Work Today 34

Somebody Was Breaking Windows 36

Alabama 38

Juchitan 40

Overtown 1984 44

Tomatoes 46

Piece by Piece 48

Walk Late Chicago 50

The Calling 54

Acknowledgments 57

About the Author 59

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