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"There was no one in this country as ferocious, as brilliant, or as necessary as Pedro Pietri. In these days of growing inequality it is to his rebel vision I turn to for hope and for strength. A towering poet, absolutely peerless, explosively talented, a pioneer, and iconoclast, and activist, to whom the entire spoken word movement owes a debt beyond calculation."—Junot D "There was no one in this country as ferocious, as brilliant, or as necessary as Pedro Pietri. In these days of growing inequality it is to his rebel vision I turn to for hope and for strength. A towering poet, absolutely peerless, explosively talented, a pioneer, and iconoclast, and activist, to whom the entire spoken word movement owes a debt beyond calculation."—Junot Diaz "One of the great American poets of the twentieth century, a leader of the Nuyorican poetry movement that ignited at Miguel Algarín's Nuyorican Poet's Cafe. Perhaps the most progressive and at the same time funniest poet of the period."—Amiri Baraka Pedro Pietri's often playfully absurd poems chronicle the joys and struggles of Nuyoricans—urban Puerto Ricans whose lives straddle the islands of Puerto Rico and Manhattan—and define the Latino experience in urban America. By turns angry, heartbreaking, and hopeful, his writings are imbued with a sense of pride and nationalism and were embraced by the generation of Latino poets that followed him. Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry gathers the most enduring and treasured work among his published books, Puerto Rican Obituary, Traffic Violations, and Out of Order, along with a generous selection of his previously unpublished works. Pedro Pietri (1944–2004) was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and raised in Manhattan. In the early '70s he was a featured poet at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Juan Flores (1943-2014) was a professor and director of Latino Studies at New York University, and author of many books on Puerto Rican and Latino culture. Pedro López Adorno is a professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies of Hunter College since 1987, and a published poet.


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"There was no one in this country as ferocious, as brilliant, or as necessary as Pedro Pietri. In these days of growing inequality it is to his rebel vision I turn to for hope and for strength. A towering poet, absolutely peerless, explosively talented, a pioneer, and iconoclast, and activist, to whom the entire spoken word movement owes a debt beyond calculation."—Junot D "There was no one in this country as ferocious, as brilliant, or as necessary as Pedro Pietri. In these days of growing inequality it is to his rebel vision I turn to for hope and for strength. A towering poet, absolutely peerless, explosively talented, a pioneer, and iconoclast, and activist, to whom the entire spoken word movement owes a debt beyond calculation."—Junot Diaz "One of the great American poets of the twentieth century, a leader of the Nuyorican poetry movement that ignited at Miguel Algarín's Nuyorican Poet's Cafe. Perhaps the most progressive and at the same time funniest poet of the period."—Amiri Baraka Pedro Pietri's often playfully absurd poems chronicle the joys and struggles of Nuyoricans—urban Puerto Ricans whose lives straddle the islands of Puerto Rico and Manhattan—and define the Latino experience in urban America. By turns angry, heartbreaking, and hopeful, his writings are imbued with a sense of pride and nationalism and were embraced by the generation of Latino poets that followed him. Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry gathers the most enduring and treasured work among his published books, Puerto Rican Obituary, Traffic Violations, and Out of Order, along with a generous selection of his previously unpublished works. Pedro Pietri (1944–2004) was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and raised in Manhattan. In the early '70s he was a featured poet at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Juan Flores (1943-2014) was a professor and director of Latino Studies at New York University, and author of many books on Puerto Rican and Latino culture. Pedro López Adorno is a professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies of Hunter College since 1987, and a published poet.

30 review for Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

    Publishers Weekly "In this charming and powerful posthumous volume, Pietri (1944–2004), a co-founder of New York City's legendary Nuyorican Poets Café, shows off the sharp, surreal sense of humor he employs in writing on the social and political issues affecting New York City's Puerto Rican community … abundant joy and imagination that may inspire the reader to pick up a pen: 'the magic of / writing poetry,' Pietri declares, 'is not knowing / how to do it / right or wrong!'" San Francisco Chronicl Publishers Weekly "In this charming and powerful posthumous volume, Pietri (1944–2004), a co-founder of New York City's legendary Nuyorican Poets Café, shows off the sharp, surreal sense of humor he employs in writing on the social and political issues affecting New York City's Puerto Rican community … abundant joy and imagination that may inspire the reader to pick up a pen: 'the magic of / writing poetry,' Pietri declares, 'is not knowing / how to do it / right or wrong!'" San Francisco Chronicle "Like 'Howl,' [Pietri's poetry] became a cornerstone of new consciousness for a group of outsiders ready to declare their independence from the mainstream — in this case, the group Pietri himself helped name as Nuyoricans … much of his best work remained unpublished or buried in small-press magazines. Editors Juan Flores and Pedro López Adorno have thankfully gathered a substantial amount of Pietri’s uncollected work in this book"––Gerald Nicosia

  2. 4 out of 5

    jeremy

    a founding member of the nuyorican poets café (along with miguel piñero and miguel algarín), pedro pietri (1944-2004) was born in ponce, puerto rico, but raised in manhattan. selected poetry collects poems throughout his career, including his most famous, the epic "puerto rican obituary," as well as a single short story, "lost in the museum of natural history." pietri's poetry has the iconoclastic swerve, political profundity, and spirited wordplay found throughout the nuyorican canon. though si a founding member of the nuyorican poets café (along with miguel piñero and miguel algarín), pedro pietri (1944-2004) was born in ponce, puerto rico, but raised in manhattan. selected poetry collects poems throughout his career, including his most famous, the epic "puerto rican obituary," as well as a single short story, "lost in the museum of natural history." pietri's poetry has the iconoclastic swerve, political profundity, and spirited wordplay found throughout the nuyorican canon. though similar in both style and content to his fellow nuyroican poets (see also the wonderful aloud: voices from the nuyorican poets cafe ), pietri's writings would have worked quite well in a twin billing alongside proto-rapper gil scott-heron (or perhaps even richard fariña). covering themes of race, poverty, capitalism, culture, national identity, and life in new york city, pietri's poetry spans a wide breadth of emotions, from anger and frustration to pride and reverence. selected poetry is a solid collection, one deserving of a far wider audience than it currently enjoys. telephone booth number 158715 if you haven't had a nervous breakdown you haven't written a poem – you just interfered with A blank page minding its own business (from "lost in the museum of natural history") this is an integrated beach, there are poor people and poorer people with identical economic problems seeking oblivion from the predicament of making financial ends meet in a capitalistic society manipulated by a handful of aristocratic criminals disguised as benevolent politicians to keep the problems oppression creates from encountering a solution.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nia Ita

    Pedro Pietri is credited as one of the founders of the Nuyorican movement, an artistic and cultural renaissance of Puerto Rican creatives living in NYC. My favorite poem in this collection of poetry was probably his most famous, Puerto Rican Obituary. After that initial poem, I found a sprinkling of others that I enjoyed and Pedro’s sense of humor is clear throughout all of his work. Unfortunately, I found myself lost in most of the untitled poems and feeling like I had to be on whatever Pedro w Pedro Pietri is credited as one of the founders of the Nuyorican movement, an artistic and cultural renaissance of Puerto Rican creatives living in NYC. My favorite poem in this collection of poetry was probably his most famous, Puerto Rican Obituary. After that initial poem, I found a sprinkling of others that I enjoyed and Pedro’s sense of humor is clear throughout all of his work. Unfortunately, I found myself lost in most of the untitled poems and feeling like I had to be on whatever Pedro was on to understand what exactly he was trying to get to. Maybe he was a poet that presented his ideas better live than he did on the page. I still hold a lot of respect for this OG but gave this collection of poetry two stars for its lack of cohesiveness. www.niaita.net Instagram: @_niaita Twitter: @_niaita

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ray Carroll

    One of the funniest poetry collections I've read in a while. Pietri's absurdism is in equal parts soothing and invigorating. One of the funniest poetry collections I've read in a while. Pietri's absurdism is in equal parts soothing and invigorating.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Antonio Delgado

    Pedro Pietri is a universal poet and a must read for any aficionado of the arts.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Overall I really didn't feel this collection, for some reason I couldn't follow along with what he was trying to convey. I'm not sure if it was coded or something. I'm going to give it another chance before writing him off. His reputation is legendary. A Puerto Rican obituary alone is classic. In What was the dream about? a poem to a dying compañero he says that the dream was about being strong and competing without fear or doubt. Overall I really didn't feel this collection, for some reason I couldn't follow along with what he was trying to convey. I'm not sure if it was coded or something. I'm going to give it another chance before writing him off. His reputation is legendary. A Puerto Rican obituary alone is classic. In What was the dream about? a poem to a dying compañero he says that the dream was about being strong and competing without fear or doubt.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Herman Kilian M

    Interesante antología del poeta neorricano que contiene varios momentos de genialidad poética. Enfatizo lo anterior en todo lo que se desprende del " Puerto Rican Obituary", donde nos narra la infame realidad del migrante latino con un humor negro comparable al de Celine o Bukowski. Interesante antología del poeta neorricano que contiene varios momentos de genialidad poética. Enfatizo lo anterior en todo lo que se desprende del " Puerto Rican Obituary", donde nos narra la infame realidad del migrante latino con un humor negro comparable al de Celine o Bukowski.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hopf

    I regret purchasing this book. I realize poetry is unique and personal, but Pedro Pietri is a disconnected soul looking to vent.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

    Not I.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Allan

    Great book by a great poet! Poems that describe the joys and struggles of Nuyoricans. The writing is hopeful. Glad I picked it up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kris V

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jona Mictil

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara Bao

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Garcia

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sammi Schachter

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tiara Amani

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Silva

  20. 4 out of 5

    ange

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  22. 4 out of 5

    Townsend Montilla

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Lichtman Castaño

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shivani Kamat

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    Henry

  26. 5 out of 5

    Quiomary P.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

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    Xristos

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brave Jacobson

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