Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry

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$18.95  $17.62
Publisher
City Lights Books
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Pages
254
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780872866560
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About the Author

Pedro Pietri: Nuyorican poet and playwright Pedro Pietri was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1944, and raised in Manhattan. In the early 1970s, he co-founded the Nuyorican Poets Cafe with Miguel Pinera, Miguel Algarin, and others. He died of stomach cancer in 2004.
Juan Flores: Juan Flores is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and director of Latino Studies at New York University. He is the recipient of the Casa de las Americas Prize and the Smithsonian Institution Latino Legacy Award. His books include: From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity published by Columbia University Press.
Pedro Lopez Adorno: Pedro Lopez Adorno, born, Puerto Rico, 1954. Author of 13 books. He has been a professor in the Department of Africana and Puetro Rican/Latino Studies of Hunter College since 1987.

Reviews

"In this charming and powerful posthumous volume, Pietri, a co-founder of New York City s legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe, shows off the sharp, surreal sense of humor he employs in writing on the social and political issues affecting New York City s Puerto Rican community abundant joy and imagination that may inspire the reader to pick up a pen: 'the magic of / writing poetry, ' Pietri declares, 'is not knowing / how to do it / right or wrong! ""Publishers Weekly"

Like Howl, ' [Pietri s poetry] became a cornerstone of new consciousness for a group of outsiders ready to declare their independence from the mainstreamin this case, the group Pietri himself helped name as Nuyoricans much of his best work remained unpublished or buried in small-press magazines. Editors Juan Flores and Pedro Lopez Adorno have thankfully gathered a substantial amount of Pietri s uncollected work in this book Gerald Nicosia, "San Francisco Chronicle"

'They worked / They worked / They worked / and they died / They died broke / They died owing / They died never knowing / what the front entrance / of the first national city bank looks like.' Pedro Pietri wrote 'Puerto Rican Obituary' in 1969, after having served in Vietnam. There s no mention of that war in the poem, but there s a strong sense of futility, death, and disaffection that must have been informed by witnessing the violence of war and then coming home to unfulfilled dreams. Obituary is the first poem in City Lights new collection of the late poet s work, much of which is otherwise only available in out-of-print or photocopied editions. I hadn t heard of Pietri before reading this collection, which is a shame because he strikes me as the Ginsberg of the Vietnam eracombining politics, race, and the personal in performative poetry. His lines are propulsive and witty, especially in the playful 'Telephone Booth' series, which reads like a flirtatious midnight conversation: 'because I do not / want to make / future generations / lose sleep I / will do my very best / not to influence / anyone regardless / of what a nice ass / they seem to have. "Nicole Rudick, "The Paris Review"

""Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry" gathers the most important poems of the author s classic books. The result is 240 pages of brilliant writing that delivers one of the sharpest looks into the Nuyorican experience ever offered [A] collection like this should be read and celebrated, because it ensures that his legacy as spoken word innovator and his status as of the most explosively talented and unique voices in 20th century poetry is recognized and exposed to new readers. "PANK"
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"In this charming and powerful posthumous volume, Pietri, a co-founder of New York City's legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe, shows off the sharp, surreal sense of humor he employs in writing on the social and political issues affecting New York City's Puerto Rican community ... abundant joy and imagination that may inspire the reader to pick up a pen: 'the magic of / writing poetry, ' Pietri declares, 'is not knowing / how to do it / right or wrong!'"--Publishers Weekly

"Like 'Howl, ' [Pietri's poetry] became a cornerstone of new consciousness for a group of outsiders ready to declare their independence from the mainstream--in this case, the group Pietri himself helped name as Nuyoricans ... much of his best work remained unpublished or buried in small-press magazines. Editors Juan Flores and Pedro Lopez Adorno have thankfully gathered a substantial amount of Pietri's uncollected work in this book"--Gerald Nicosia, San Francisco Chronicle

"'They worked / They worked / They worked / and they died / They died broke / They died owing / They died never knowing / what the front entrance / of the first national city bank looks like.' Pedro Pietri wrote 'Puerto Rican Obituary' in 1969, after having served in Vietnam. There's no mention of that war in the poem, but there's a strong sense of futility, death, and disaffection that must have been informed by witnessing the violence of war and then coming home to unfulfilled dreams. "Obituary" is the first poem in City Lights' new collection of the late poet's work, much of which is otherwise only available in out-of-print or photocopied editions. I hadn't heard of Pietri before reading this collection, which is a shame because he strikes me as the Ginsberg of the Vietnam era--combining politics, race, and the personal in performative poetry. His lines are propulsive and witty, especially in the playful 'Telephone Booth' series, which reads like a flirtatious midnight conversation: 'because I do not / want to make / future generations / lose sleep I / will do my very best / not to influence / anyone regardless / of what a nice ass / they seem to have.'"--Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review

"Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry gathers the most important poems of the author's classic books. ... The result is 240 pages of brilliant writing that delivers one of the sharpest looks into the Nuyorican experience ever offered ... [A] collection like this should be read and celebrated, because it ensures that his legacy as spoken word innovator and his status as of the most explosively talented and unique voices in 20th century poetry is recognized and exposed to new readers."--PANK