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Lord, Is This a Psalm?

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Poetry, Latino/Latina Studies. Jack Agueros was born in East Harlem and has been a lifelong observer of and participant in New York's vibrant Puerto Rican community. A former director of the Museo del Barrio, Agueros has also translated for the New York Public Theater and Sesame Street. Like the title, each of these 65 brief psalms is addressed to God. "There must be a hea ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Hanging Loose Press
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Emilie
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I found Jack Agueros taped to a filing cabinet in a middle school classroom, scribbled on cheerfully as all things that are in the vicinity of adolescents are scribbled on eventually. The poem was "Psalm: The Heaven I Want": "...and Lord, if you can do it, Heaven should have subways that run almost on time." It is an awesome poem.
The volume is a great look at both New York City--where Agueros lived--and at the prayers of a man who sees God as...I dunno...a landlord Agueros is both grateful to a
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Melissa
Aug 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: King David & other psalm-makers
I admire Jack Agueros's straight-shooting, playful voice in these poems, but I can't deny that I prefer his Sonnets from the Puerto Rican, which combines his down-to-earth sensibility with a little more attention to language and music. But I like that poems like these are being published in a world of slight, frilly New Yorker-style verse.

Also: library shoutout spotted in "Psalm for Unanswered Questions":

Lord, when I die
will the library in heaven
have answers to these questions?

Will there be a l
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Juana Peralta
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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"Sonnet Substantially Like the Words of Fulano Rodriguez One Position Ahead of Me On the Unemployment Line" is probably one of my top ten favorite poems.
This collection is pretty sweet.
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