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4.70  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Luis Valadez is a performance poet and his poems shout to be read aloud. It’s then that their language dazzles most brightly. It’s then that the emotions bottled up on the page explode beyond words. And there is plenty of emotion in these poems. Frankly autobiographical, they recount the experiences of a Mexican American boy growing up in a tough town near Chicago. Just as ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by University of Arizona Press
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Aaron Michael Morales
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
From my review in Multicultural Review:

Of the few literary venues devoted solely to Latino/a writing, the University of Arizona’s Camino Del Sol series has quickly risen to the forefront as the home to some of the finest contemporary Latinos/as writing in the United States. Camino Del Sol’s two most recent poetry collections—Maurice Kilwein Guevara’s POEMA and Luis Humberto Valadez’s what i’m on—further cement their reputation as a harbinger of Latino/a letters. Both books are unique in their pe
Joshua Gage
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This book is a solid effort from a very exciting, honest and challenging poet. Valadez's work speaks to a young man's confusion with language and its inability to convey primal emotions associated with the fears, threats and joys of urban living. The heartbreak in some of these pieces, the raw and uncensored honesty, will shock readers, and the deconstruction of language into mere sound by some of these pieces will take them deep into the poet's psyche. This book should not be missed. ...more
Aug 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: city-poems, poesia, poetry
Luis H. Valadez’s debut collection, what i’m on, goes deep into the circumstances of growing up Latino in the suburb of Chicago Heights, Illinois, and emerges with a rich examination of personal history that is both evocative and experimental.

Full review is at Latin American Review of Books.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Powerful and challenging... gritty and ethereal... spiritual and profane. This is an amazing work by a Chicago-area poet who has seen and experienced much, and unflinchingly opens himself up for all to see. Do yourself a favor, and READ THIS BOOK.
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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