Announcement: I gave out the instructions for the group presentations today. See the Assignments page to download another if you were absent or lost yours. Next, Sign up for one of the group presentation options at the Doodle poll. You can sign up for only one group and groups are limited to 4 people, so choose early — after that, the option closes. You also need to sign up by next Wednesday 2/24. After groups are set, I’ll send an email to connect all the members.
For Thursday, February 25th, we move on to Miguel Piñero and read poetry selections from Outlaw: The Collected Works. Start by reading the “Introduction to the Poetry of Miguel Piñero” at the beginning of the book.
“La Bodega Sold Dreams”,
“A Lower East Side Poem”,
“The Book of Genesis According to San Miguelito”,
“This is Not the Place Where I Was Born”,
“Black Woman With the Blond Wig On”,
“Kill, Kill, Kill”.
“Seeking the Cause”
“New York City Hard Times Blues”
“The Lower East Side is Taking”
It’s not a lot of reading, however, you must read the poems slowly and carefully and choose 2 of them to read more than once. Take notes on key points that you think are significant, funny, interesting, or do a nice job of telling the story of the city. Spend extra time on “La Bodega Sold Dreams” and “A Lower East Side Poem”.
Questions to think about as you read:
Based on Piñero’s biographical context, how do his stories match the life he’s living?
How does Piñero’s work differ from Pietri’s in form or content?
What language does he use and what effect does that have on his poetry?
What audiences do you think Piñero is writing for?
How do the characters in Piñero’s descriptions of “Loisaida” (Lower East Side) differ from Pietri’s characters in El Barrio?
What picture is Piñero drawing of his neighborhood?
Watch Piñero read “Seeking the Cause”