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stereo. island. mosaic. Vincent Toro stereo island mosaic Poetry Latino Latina Studies No simple tourist trip no three hour tour Vincent Toro s carefully structured STEREOLANDSAIC draws the reader into lived experience of culture Confronted with Puerto Ric

  • Title: stereo. island. mosaic.
  • Author: Vincent Toro
  • ISBN: 9781934103654
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • stereo. island. mosaic. Vincent Toro Poetry Latino Latina Studies No simple tourist trip, no three hour tour, Vincent Toro s carefully structured STEREOLANDSAIC draws the reader into lived experience of culture Confronted with Puerto Rico, other Americans Leonard Bernstein in West Side Story often declare the island exotic Certainly such signifiers abound on this version of the island mangos toPoetry Latino Latina Studies No simple tourist trip, no three hour tour, Vincent Toro s carefully structured STEREOLANDSAIC draws the reader into lived experience of culture Confronted with Puerto Rico, other Americans Leonard Bernstein in West Side Story often declare the island exotic Certainly such signifiers abound on this version of the island mangos to eat, men wearing the Guayabera, tropical flora spilling everywhere But our dive here is deeper into the mind of an elderly man losing language, into the ocean in one century to wash up on the mainland in another time that compels the island native to assimilate To become a Sorta Rican, in Toro s book, is to become what the epigraph calls a hybridized subject Even the already syncretized religion, Santeria, finds its Orishas hostage to disability and alcoholism, like its believers, like their descendants and neighbors These scattered migrants, shown in fragmented images, live in a New York as crowded and bright as a Romare Bearden collage The voice of the island itself plays in stereo through the broken language of the book, now jazz and now hip hop, coming from everywhere and nowhere What we are given in STEREOLANDSAIC is not a comfortable beauty we feel the torn tendons of the worker who comes to the mainland to earn money for home The pattern that emerges is necessary, packed with living history of the island people like the epic memory of the Taino Indians ritual theater.
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    1. Toro crafts and constructs this collection so strongly Sections as named in the book s title counter each other, poems mirror themselves, lines repeat and resound throughout Poems appear to dance on the page, calling attention to syllable count and white space The forms enact subjects of the book itself so many use juxtaposition to reveal the complicated history of the Caribbean details of a sultry spring break scene fueled on rum shatter alongside the horrific history of Captain Morgan, depicti [...]

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