Monday, July 18, 2011

History in poetic words

I mean honestly who doesn't wish they could publish their own book. Especially when it's about your own life growing up in (insert city). Twitter friend Charlie Vazquez has published his first-ever bilingual poetry collection based on the Bronx and (almost) everyone's favorite salsa. At a reasonable 152 pages, “Meditations/Meditaciones – Bronx/Salsa,” this collection of bilingual poetry examines the earliest memories and impressions of a Nuyorican writer born and raised in the turbulent and dynamic Bronx of the 1970s-1980s. It explores a wonderland of emotions—from ecstasy to grief to mystery and is a crucial turning point for a writer who has, until this publication, charmed readers with a unique brand of dark fiction that employs spirituality and surrealism.

But again with fiction comes some truth. I didn't grow up in the Bronx but from what all my Nuyorican friends say usually all sounds the same. Read the book and I'm sure you'll be proud to not just be a Puerto Rican, but a Latino living in the Bronx. The best part? Of course living in 2011 it has to be bilingual #win. To purchase the book visit
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