Next, start on the section from his book Puerto Rican Obituary, also posted on the Readings page as a separate PDF. Focus on the following poems: “Puerto Rican Obituary” and “The Broken English Dream” (Note: “Puerto Rican Obituary” is both the title of his most well-known poem and the title of the book it’s from.)
Watch Pietri read “Puerto Rican Obituary” here
… and here:
Think of the following questions as you read:
How does Pietri’s writing define the urban experience for the people he’s writing about?
What type of urban environment does he describe?
What language does he use and how does that reflect the urban situation?
Do you see any of the points Pietri makes in the interview reflected in the writing? Make note of a few examples.