Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Book of the week: Mixturao and Other Poems by Tato Laviera

Art brings our clever inner selves to life! 

In my opinion, art is everything from the way we speak, dress, walk, to the way the clouds are shaped.
Art means different things for everyone. So stop today by La Casa Azul Bookstore, enjoy your new book of the week, and let the magic of art transport you to the journey waiting to be explore.
- Yajaira

Title: Mixturao and Other Poems
Author: TatoLaviera

Poems (Bilingual –English and Spanish)

 “In the title poem of TatoLaviera's fifth poetry collection, "Mixturao," he celebrates the mix of diverse cultures and languages that make up America, and challenges those who advocate a monolingual existence: "We who integrate/urban America/simmering in each other's/slangs indigenous/nativizing our tongues'/cruising accents/who are you, English, /telling me, 'Speak only English/or die?'" Laviera deftly combines English and Spanish in this poetic celebration of his own bilingual, bicultural existence and the ever-increasing use of both languages in all fields, from music to technology…” 

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