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Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  1 Review
In this third collection of verse, Esteves takes all of the rhythmic, bluesy potential and the women's poetic militancy of previous works and brings them to full, resplendent, funky bloom, blending the oral and literary traditions in a fusion of spiritual, blues end women's poetics.
Paperback, 87 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Arte Publico Press (first published February 1990)
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Emily Crow
Dec 09, 2013 Emily Crow rated it liked it
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I wanted to love Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo, if only because the title is so quirky and compelling. Unfortunately, while I did enjoy some of the poems, on the whole, the collection seemed too heavy-handed and didactic.

The best poems were those that focused on individual lives. "Springfield," for example, describes a girl wandering while her godmother works as a maid--the neighborhood becoming "a backyard feast of explorations." "Mambo Love Poem" shows a couple joyfully dancing and forg
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