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Friday, December 17, 2010

New Chicano Titles in December and Y2K Retrospective: Poetry, Part I

New Chican@ Titles in December 2010

Carmen Lomas Garza
University of Minnesota Press 2010
ISBN 978-0-89551-125-6 | paper
ISBN 978-0-89551-124-9 | cloth
Constance Cortez

Explores the art of the celebrated Chicana artist who depicts her childhood in the Mexican American community of South Texas

Widely known for works celebrating the traditions of her family and community, Carmen Lomas Garza has been a painter, printmaker, muralist, and children's book illustrator since the 1970s. In this volume of the pathbreaking A Ver series, Constance Cortez explores Garza's artwork in the context of the Chicano/a art movement, family and regional traditions, and Garza's own political and social activism.

"I saw the need to create images that would elicit recognition and appreciation among Mexican Americans, both adults and children, while at the same time serve as a source of education for others not familiar with our culture."
-Carmen Lomas Garza

Chicano School Failure and Success: Past, Present, and Future
Paperback Routledge; 3 edition December 21, 2010
ISBN-10: 0415880610
ISBN-13: 978-0415880619
Richard R. Valencia (Editor)

The third edition of the best selling collection, Chicano School Failure and Success presents a complete and comprehensive review of the multiple and complex issues affecting Chicano students today.

Richly informative and accessibly written, this edition includes completely revised and updated chapters that incorporate recent scholarship and research on the current realities of the Chicano school experience.

It features four entirely new chapters on important topics such as la Chicana, two way dual language education, higher education, and gifted Chicano students. Contributors to this edition include experts in fields ranging from higher education, bilingual education, special education, gifted education, educational psychology, and anthropology.

In order to capture the broad nature of Chicano school failure and success, contributors provide an in-depth look at topics as diverse as Chicano student dropout rates, the relationship between Chicano families and schools, and the impact of standards-based school reform and deficit thinking on Chicano student achievement.

Committed to understanding the plight and improvement of schooling for Chicanos, this timely new edition addresses all the latest issues in Chicano education and will be a valued resource for students, educators, researchers, policy makers, and community activists alike.

Chicano Graffiti and Murals: The Neighborhood Art of Peter Quezada
(Folk Art and Artists Series) Paperback
University Press of Mississippi (December 1, 2010)
ISBN-10: 161703066X
ISBN-13: 978-1617030666
Sojin Kim

A study of an artist and his art that proliferates over north Los Angeles

An Impossible Living in a Transborder World: Culture, Confianza, and Economy of Mexican-Origin Populations 
Paperback University of Arizona Press (October 8, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0816526354
ISBN-13: 978-0816526352
Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez (Author)

They are known as cundinas or tandas in Mexico, and for many people these local savings-and-loan operations play an indispensable role in the struggle to succeed in today's transborder economy. 

With this extensively researched book, Carlos Velez-Ibanez updates and expands upon his major 1983 study of rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs), incorporating new data that reflect the explosion of Mexican-origin populations in the United States. 

Much more than a study of one economic phenomenon though, the book examines the way in which these practices are part of greater transnational economies and how these populations engage in -- and suffer through -- the twenty-first century global economy.

Central to the ROSCA is the cultural concept of mutual trust, or confianza. This is the cultural glue that holds the reciprocal relationship together. As Velez-Ibanez explains, confianza "shapes the expectations for relationships within broad networks of interpersonal links, in which intimacies, favors, goods, services, emotion, power, or information are exchanged." In a border region where migration, class movement, economic changes, and institutional inaccessibility produce a great deal of uncertainty, Mexican-origin populations rely on confianza and ROSCAs to maintain a sense of security in daily life. How do transborder people adapt these common practices to meet the demands of a global economy? That is precisely what Velez-Ibanez investigates.

Border Dilemmas: Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848–1912
Paperback Duke University Press Books December 20, 2010
ISBN-10: 0822347970
ISBN-13: 978-0822347972
Anthony P. Mora (Author)

The U.S.-Mexican War officially ended in 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which called for Mexico to surrender more than one third of its land.

The treaty offered Mexicans living in the conquered territory a choice between staying there or returning to Mexico by moving south of the newly drawn borderline. In this fascinating history, Anthony Mora analyzes contrasting responses to the treaty’s provisions.

The town of Las Cruces was built north of the border by Mexicans who decided to take their chances in the United States. La Mesilla was established just south of the border by men and women who did not want to live in a country that had waged war against the Mexican republic; nevertheless, it was incorporated into the United States in 1854, when the border was redrawn once again.

Mora traces the trajectory of each town from its founding until New Mexico became a U.S. state in 1912. La Mesilla thrived initially, but then fell into decay and was surpassed by Las Cruces as a pro-U.S. regional discourse developed. Border Dilemmas explains how two towns, less than five miles apart, were deeply divided by conflicting ideas about the relations between race and nation, and how these ideas continue to inform discussion about what it means to “be Mexican” in the United States.

Esperanza's Box of Saints
Kindle Edition
File Size: 409 KB
Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (December 21, 2010)
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Maria Amparo Escandon (Author)

Esperanza's Box of Saints is a magical, humorous, and passion-filled odyssey about a beautiful young widow's search for her missing child -- a mission that takes her from a humble Mexican village to the rowdy brothels of Tijuana and a rarely seen side of Los Angeles. Rescued from turmoil by her favorite saint, Esperanza embarks on a journey that tests her faith, teaches her the ways of the world, and transforms her from a fervently religious innocent to an independent, sexual, and passionately devout woman.

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Y2K Retrospect: 2000 in Chican@ Poetry

An Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez 
Hardcover Cinco Puntos Press 2000
ISBN-10: 0938317512
ISBN-13: 978-0938317517
Rudolfo Anaya (Author), Gaspar Enriquez (Illustrator)

The heroic life of labor and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez greatly influenced the political and creative thinking of famed Chicano novelist Rudolfo Anaya. After Chavez’ death in 1993, Anaya wrote this elegy eulogizing the man and his lifeÂ’s work. 

Echoing Shelley’s elegy on the death of John Keats, the poem expresses the grief of la gente, but closes by calling all peoples together to continue his non-violent struggle for freedom and justice. The book – endorsed by the Cesar Chavez Foundation – includes an essay by Anaya detailing the effect that Chavez had on his own vision and a chronology of Chavez’ life. Powerful illustrations by Gaspar Enriquez bring home the significance of Cesar Chevez to the US cultural landscape.

Gardeners of Eden
The Chicano chapbook series 2000
John Olivares Espinoza (Author)

Found this on Amazon.com:
“First, a disclaimer; I'm the author of this book. I first wrote the poems around 1998 through 2000 while I was still an undergrad at UC Riverside. Gary Soto published it in May 2000 with a print run of about 300. The binding is saddle stapled which Soto did himself. There is no ISBN. The cover artwork is done by Rhode Montijo who ended up publishing Cloud Boy This chapbook is very rare as Soto gave these away at readings and to other writers.

The six poems in this chapbook include early versions of "Watering the Plants in the Fall," "Black Hair Lying on a White Pillow," "Blue Collar Lunch on a White Collar Gutter," "Falling from the Tree of Heaven," "Grass Isn't Mowed on the Weekends," and "Why I Decided to Stay in School."

"Watering the Plants in the Fall" and "Blue Collar Lunch on a White Collar Gutter" (retitled "Ode to the Sandwich," but later "Ode to the Sandwich: An Anti-Ode") were the only poems in GARDENERS OF EDEN to appear in my second chapbook, Aluminum Times. Revised versions of these poems are included in The Date Fruit Elegies, most under different titles.”

How to Undress a Cop: Poems
Hardcover Arte Publico Press; 1st edition 2000
ISBN-10: 1558853014
ISBN-13: 978-1558853010
Sarah Cortez (Author), Naomi Shihab Nye (Foreword) 

It's not every book of poetry that includes an "Ode to Body Armor." But then, it's not every poet whose experience in academia includes a stint at the police academy.

The poems of Sarah Cortez are tough-minded, verbally supple, and often deeply erotic. And each of these fifty lyric poems displays her many facets: the street smarts of a law enforcement officer, the bilingual vocabulary of a proud Mexican American; the linguistic dexterity of an erstwhile Latin teacher; and the frank sensuality of a strong and spirited woman.

The Laughter of Doves
Wings Press 0-930324-61-7
Frances Treviño 

Breathless, yet filled with light and mystery, Treviño's poetry has the directness and simple sensuality of poetic truth. Emotions bared, her images flutter upward like the laughter of doves. This young poetic talent truly has the power of "artery, vein, blood and breath."
    — Carmen Tafolla, Ph.D., author of Curandera, Sonnets to Human Beings, and other works.

Madonna Septet Volume Two
Paperback Potes & Poets Press; 1st edition 2000
ISBN-10: 1893541312
ISBN-13: 978-1893541313
Ivan Arguelles

Poetry. Arguelles' work deliberately reaches into areas of the mind most poets are unaware exists at all. Admittedly, his writing is often difficult, problematical, even at times maddening. It challenges our capacity to read it. This poet is like an explorer in some dark, chaotic, utterly chancy realm. You're never certain what you're going to get. But what he brings back is always, in Pound's phrase, news that stays news. The MADONNA SEPTET is an attempt by one of our finest to tell it all. For once, Arguelles is getting the space he needs to do it -- Jack Foley.

My Own True Name: New And Selected Poems For Young Adults
Paperback Arte Publico Press; 1st edition 2000
ISBN-10: 1558852921
ISBN-13: 978-1558852921
Pat Mora 

New and previously published poems chosen by Pat Mora herself with young-adult readers in mind. Using the cactus plant as her guiding metaphor for our existence, she presents more than sixty poems grouped variously into "Blooms," "Thorns," and "Roots." Each section opens with a graceful line drawing from artist Anthony Accardo, and the whole is prefaced by a whimsical and intimate introduction, "Dear Fellow Writter." Named to the New York Public Library's 2001 Books for the Teen Age List and the 2000-2001 Tayshas High School Reading List.

Mi'ja, Never Lend Your Mop …and other poems
Wings Press ISBN9780930324643
Brigid Milligan

Tomás Rivera Award Finalist; The first collection of poetry by a recipient of the Hispanic Heritage awards Foundation's 1999-2000 literature/journalism prize Brigid Milligan's voice is haunting and memorable, a hybrid union of fresh sensuality, intuitive wisdom, and the passionate imagination of a poet --one whose words and vision are absolutely her own.
    — Marjorie Agosin
Dancing on an eloquent, silver thread, balancing between youth and depth, this poet brings a refreshing honesty to themes of nurturance, liberation, and philosophical exploration. And while this book is her first --literarily, Milligan is no "pequeña."
    — Carmen Tafolla
Out of the mouths of babes come astonishing truths that quietly rock us. . . . At seventeen, Brigid Milligan already has discovered that we "tend to live during those moments that give us / the best memories . . ." and that too often "we classify, analyze, scrutinize, prioritize, subdivide, / walk on by those truths that trap us." But her poetic voice comes alive as well in her contagious joie de vivre --in poems about her familial and extended ties, within which she celebrates her growing up as a distinct new breed of Irish-mestiza-Chicana. Mi'ja, Never Lend Your Mop . . . & Other Poems is Brigid's first book of poetry, and we at M&A Editions are very proud to be los padrinos.

Bilingual Press/Editorial Biling-Ue 2000
ISBN-10: 0927534940
ISBN-13: 978-0927534949
Alfred Arteaga

Red is a collection of poetry by acclaimed writer and critic, the late Alfred Arteaga. Written partly in Spanish and partly in English, these poems move between vivid, sensual impressions and sophisticated, intellectual wordplay. Life in Hollywood, sex and relationships, racism and injustice, and the nature of experience itself are among the themes he addresses in spare and elegant language.

Born in East Los Angeles, Alfred Arteaga was Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and a Rockefeller Fellowship. He was the author of Cantos and Love in the Time of Aftershocks, both volumes of poetry, House with Blue Bed, creative nonfiction, and the scholarly works Chicano Poetics and An Other Tongue.

Strong Box Heart
Paperback Wings Press (TX); 1st edition 2000
ISBN-10: 0930324536
ISBN-13: 978-0930324537
Sheila Sanchez Hatch

A serious writer of depth and integrity, she is 100% Tejana ... and her mestiza guns are loaded. -- Angela de Hoyos

The poems of Sheila Snchez Hatch arrive full of the persistence of cactus and singing bold revolution. -- Pat Mora

There are thoughts and experiences spread through these pages like buried jewels. -- Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio, Texas

Latina writer Sheila Sanchez Hatch's second collection of poetry. 

Selected Poetry of Cecilio Garcia-Camarillo : Introduction by Enrique R. Lamadrid
(Pioneers of Modern U.S. Hispanic Literature) [Hardcover]
Arte Publico Press; 1st edition (2000)
ISBN-10: 1558852816
ISBN-13: 978-1558852815
Cecilio Garcia Camarillo (Author), Enrique R. Lamadrid (introduction

Known as the "Chicano Nation's cultural attaché" and the "Chicano Renaissance Man," Cecilio García-Camarillo served as the central figure in the flourishing of artistic creativity in the late 1960s and the 1970s known as the Chicano Movement.
At Last García-Camarillo has consented to the publication of selected poems spanning his decades of creativity. In this volume are united works that appeared in thirteen short-run chapbooks that he distributes among friends: Zafa'o, Crickets, Burning Snow, Carambola, Han a Snake, Ecstasy, Puro Pedo, and other magical collections.

This is not all the books that came out in 2000. We'll continue this weekend.

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