Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Hispanic in the United States (Hardcover)

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Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Hispanic in the United States (Hardcover)

By Lori Marie Carlson (Editor), Oscar Hijuelos (Introduction by)


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Growing up Latino in America means speaking two languages, living two lives, learning the rules of two cultures. Cool Salsa celebrates the tones, rhythms, sounds, and experiences of that double life. Here are poems about families and parties, insults and sad memories, hot dogs and mangos, the sweet syllables of Spanish and the snag-toothed traps of English. Here is the glory, and pain, of being Latino American.

Latino Americans hail from Cuba and California, Mexico and Michigan, Nicaragua and New York, and editor Lori M. Carlson has made sure to capture all of those accents. With poets such as Sandra Cisneros, Martín Espada, Gary Soto, and Ed Vega, and a very personal introduction by Oscar Hijuelos, this collection encompasses the voices of Latino America. By selecting poems about the experiences of teenagers, Carlson has given a focus to that rich diversity; by presenting the poems both in their original language and in translation, she has made them available to us all.

As you move from memories of red wagons, to dreams of orange trees, to fights with street gangs, you feel Cool Salsa's musical and emotional cross rhythms. Here is a world of exciting poetry for you, y tú también.

Lori M. Carlson is an editor and translator who has concentrated on bringing Latino literature to American readers. As coeditor of "Where Angels Glide at Dawn," she introduced new Latin American authors to younger readers. She is also the editor of "American Eyes" and "Barrio Streets Carnival Dreams: Three Generations of Latino Artistry" (both Holt). Her most recent book is "Sol a Sol: Bilingual Poems." Ms. Carlson lives with her husband in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9780805031355
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: July 1st, 1994
Pages: 124 Top 50 Latino Children's Books You Should Know "This spirited, significant collection of poetry for young adults by poets of Latin American heritage is enlivened both by the considerable energy of the poems and by the juxtaposition--and sometimes intermingling--of English and Spanish. ... The collection is eminently successful in celebrating the particular experience of growing up Latino in the United States." --The Horn Book, starred review