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Red Beans

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Selected as one of the best books of 1991 by Publishers Weekly. A blend of cultures and races, with inspirations ranging from Caribbean musical rhythms to Castillan and Moorish influences. "Quirky and utterly lovely."--VLS¶"This vigorous bilingual Latino troubador's poems and essays are 'a dance on the edges'."--Library Journal
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Coffee House Press
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Sandi
May 30, 2008 Sandi rated it it was amazing
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I guess I'll step up and be the first to comment on this little collection of poems.

I picked this book up when I was working on my BA in English Literature at Cal State Long Beach. I absolutely fell in love with it. The poet is from Puerto Rico and his poetry is a lovely blend of Spanish and English with a delightful tropical feel. Even the grimmest subjects are musical in Cruz's poems.
Oscar
Aug 22, 2008 Oscar rated it really liked it
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The poems are top notch but the accompanying essays that frame the poeta's relationship to constant migration, blended languages, and mixed memories makes this a must have especially the poem/essay "The Popular Muse Belongs to Everybody."

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