“I come from the goal nets of a soccer field/where my father taught me how to play.”
It’s a question posed to Latinos on a regular basis, but it’s also a question which requires a complex answer.
“El 1 de diciembre fue un día ínfamo en nuestra historia. A ver nuestro gobernador dar limosnas a nuestro maestro colonial era una vergüenza profunda e imperdonable.”
“Throughout his life, Piñero fought difficult circumstances which led him to do unforgivable things, but he always sought to somehow help others reach for more.”
In his prison cell, Piñero found something that incarceration could never hold captive: a gift that enabled him to express all that at once haunted and inspired him.
“Piñero’s tales of ‘hood life,’ ‘ghettocide’ and ‘gangster living’ are disturbing but beautiful because they are laced with sincerity.”
A review of ‘José Martí: A Revolutionary Life,’ the latest biography of the 19th-century Cuban writer and revolutionary by Alfred J. López.
The Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton was not the first Latin American to pick up both the pen and the sword