Love Is Hard Work

At once a moving personal memoir and a colorful portrait of life in New York's Lower East Side (Loisaida), this masterly collection of poems captures the whirlwind of sights, sounds, celebrations, and sorrows of urban life.

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Aloud

I'm currently reading some of the authors in the "Founding Poems" section of this book, for the Poets of Color class I'm teaching. As well, I've just recently read and will reread Miguel Algarín's introduction. I'm so interested especially in the section of this intro re: the Open Room, and the open mic. Having never attended a poetry slam, and having limited the amount of time I've spent at open mics, I was both amused by his description...

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Action

For nearly twenty-five years, poets, writers, artists, actors, directors, and an ever-growing audience have flocked to New York's landmark Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a breeding ground and showcase for some of the most original and energetic new works of theater being produced today, as well as a community gathering place. Now, for the first time, twenty original plays, monologues, and performance pieces that debuted at the Nuyorican are gathered...

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