20 poets, 10 poems, 25 years of National Poetry Month


Mi abuela
has been
in this dept store
called America
for the past twenty-five years
She is eighty-five years old
and does not speak
a word of English

That is intelligence

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Pedro Pietri
Pedro Pietri
Pedro Pietri (1944–2004) was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and grew up in New York City. He was drafted into the army and served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968, then returned to New York. In the early 1970s, he cofounded the Nuyorican cultural movement with fellow Puerto Rican artists, writers, activists, and poets who were concerned with the social and political issues faced by their community. His publications include Puerto Rican Obituary (Monthly Review Press, 1973), Lost in the Museum of Natural History (Ediciones Huracán, 1980), Traffic Violations (1983), and The Masses are Asses (Waterfront Press, 1984). His work has also been featured in several anthologies, including The Prentice Hall Anthology of Latino Literature (Pearson, 2001) and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1999).
Raquel Salas Rivera
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Raquel Salas Rivera
Raquel Salas Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and grew up there and in the US. He received a BA from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Rivera is the author of several collections of poetry, including antes que isla es volcán/ before island is volcano (Beacon Press, forthcoming 2022); x/ex/exis (poemas para la nación) (poems for the nation) (Bilingual Press, 2020), selected by Alberto Ríos for the 2018 Ambroggio Prize; while they sleep (under the bed is another country) (Birds, LLC, 2019), longlisted for the 2020 PEN America Open Book Award; and lo terciario/the tertiary (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018), which received the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry. In 2019, Rivera was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow and served as the 2018–19 poet laureate of Philadelphia. He writes and teaches in Puerto Rico.
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