The Concrete River by Luis J. RodríguezThe Concrete River by Luis J. Rodríguez

The Concrete River

byLuis J. Rodríguez

Paperback | January 1, 2010

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1991 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence

The Concrete River
is a collection of poems by poet laureate of Los Angeles Luis Rodríguez. They illuminate the gritty idiosyncrasies of immigrant life in urban barrios spanning Los Angeles to Chicago to Harlem. Rodríguez lends powerful voices to those struggling to keep the gas on, to find work, and to keep love.  Populated by a vibrant cast of characters, ranging from the drugged, to the eccentric, to the heartbroken, Rodríguez’s poems protest capitalism, violence, and exploitation while reveling in the potential of compassion.
Luis J. Rodriguez has published fifteen books of poetry, children's literature, fiction, and nonfiction. He is best known for his 1993 memoir of gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. His awards include a Finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers Award, a PEN Jos...
Title:The Concrete RiverFormat:PaperbackDimensions:125 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:Curbstone Press

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ISBN - 10:0915306425

ISBN - 13:9780915306428

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Table of Contents

I. Prelude to a Heartbeat

Watts Bleeds
The Coldest Day
Deathwatch
Tía Chucha
Speaking with Hands
Night Dancing
Soundtracks

II. Dancing on a Grave

Dancing on a Grave
The Village
Chota
Writhing Skeletons
The Conrete River
The Best of Us
The Threshold
The Twenty-Ninth
The Rooster Who Thought It Was a Dog

III. Always Running

Always Running
Columbian Star
Waiting 
Black Mexican
The Bull's Eye Inn
Don't Read that Poem!
Jarocho Blues
Lips

IV. Music of the Mill

Music of the Mill
Jesús Saves
The Blast Furnace
Carrying My Tools
Heavy Tells a Story
First Day of Work
They Come to Dance
Bethlehem No More

V. A Harvest of Eyes

A Harvest of Eyes
The Quest for Flight
The News You Don't Get at Home
City of Angels
Mean Streets
Every Road
Chained Time
Don't Go Gentle Into that Good Expressway
Every Breath, a Prayer
This Tree, this Poem
Then Comes a Day

VI. Glossary of Spanish/Caló Terms


Editorial Reviews

“What makes Luis Rodríguez’s poetry attractive is not its raw honesty but rather the lyrical beauty that suddenly emerges at unpredictable moments. There are lines that bloom like the flowers he is always making reference to.” —The American Poetry Review