- Groups have been finalized for presentations. Contact me immediately via email if for some reason you’ve missed sign-ups!
- Continue working on your paper, due Tuesday October 2nd.
Tuesday, September 25th: We continue with Miguel Piñero’s poetry from Outlaw: The Collected Works. Read the following:
- “Mango Dreams”
- “Bastard Streets”
- “New York City Hard Times Blues”
- “And Then Came Freedom to Dream”
- “Running Scared”
- “Seeking the Cause”
Also read the Introduction to the “Drama of Miguel Piñero” in the front of Outlaw
Again, it’s not a lot of reading, but you need to read the poems slowly and carefully. Take good notes and think about the questions above as you read.
Questions to think about as you read:
- Based on Piñero’s biographical story, how do/don’t 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
For Thursday September 27th, read the play Short Eyes in Outlaw: [Reading questions and additional instructions to be added]
If you keep up with the weekly reading and take good notes, then you’ll be well prepared for the midterm and final exam and get much more out of the class!