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Lotería Cards and Fortune Poems: A Book of Lives
The gorgeous black and white line art inside this hefty little book instantly caught my eye. These linocut drawings were not the regular lotería images. They were modern adaptations, made with painstaking detail (think of a turn-of-the-millenium, wired Posada) and showing a distinctive sense of humor and pathos. The poetry, commissioned especially for the drawings, also ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers
(first published September 1st 1999)
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I just started reading this book last night, and wow! Something really happens when Juan Felipe Herrera gives himself finite space and super-focused writing project. Whereas the works of his I've previously read find political and/or historical sprawl contained in tight litany or, in the case of "Punk Half Panther," in Border Crosser With a Lamborghini Dream, the formalistic sprawl is contained within Whitman-esque multitudes, there is no sprawl to speak of in Loteria Cards and Fortune Poems: A ...more
If you dared to tempt Destiny by buying a lottery ticket in January 2016 for the preposterous jackpot of 1.5 billion dollars, you should now buy this "Loteria" book, and weep. This book features poems by the current U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera who, from his years as an activist, knows how fickle Fate can be, and how corrupt the temptations of Power, Fame, and Fortune.
Juan Felipe Herrera is the only son of Lucha Quintana and Felipe Emilio Herrera; the three were campesinos living from crop to crop on the roads of the San Joaquín Valley, Southern California and the Salinas Valley. Herrera's experiences as the child of migrant farmers have strongly shaped his work, such as the children's book Calling the Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats award in 1997. He is a ...moreMore about Juan Felipe Herrera...