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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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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.
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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