This is the update for the NIGHTTIME 7:45-9 PM Section. See the other post if you’re in the DAY class
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We now move on to a significant poet and key person in defining the Nuyorican movement: Pedro Pietri
For Tuesday 9/4:
- Review the key points of the Juan Flores essay that we covered Thursday: the points he makes here are key to the course.
- What’s the relationship Flores poses between Caribbean communities in New York City and how does he see this as an alternative model to the Melting Pot Theory?
- Read the interview with Pedro Pietri (PDF on the Readings page).
- Apply Flores’s points to Pietri’s interview: that is, see if you can see similarities between Pietri’s life story and Flores’s points.
Think about the
following [above] questions as you read and take notes on them: To be added–watch for an updateSee above
For Thursday 9/6, we’ll turn to readings from the Pedro Pietri’s Puerto Rican Obituary PDF (also posted on the Readings page)
. Read the following poems:
- “Puerto Rican Obituary” (Note: “Puerto Rican Obituary” is both the title of his most well-known poem and the title of the book it’s from) and “The Broken English Dream.” Be sure to read “Puerto Rican Obituary” slowly and carefully.
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.
- Do points from the interview and poems reflect Flores’s “4 moments”? Make notes of points that do. Highlight/underline and mark specific passages in the readings.
- What connections do you see between the poem, Juan Flores’s essay, and the interview?