NEW CHICANA/CHICANO WRITING 2 by Charles M.--Ed. Tatum

NEW CHICANA/CHICANO WRITING 2

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fiction, poetry, and essays in an anthology of limited appeal to the general reader but maybe of special note--because of its linguistic code-switching--to those interested in the Chicano cultural movement. InÉs Hernández switches back and forth between English and Spanish in a long poem that, for bilingual readers, effectively presents a feminist critique of the Movement. Miguel MÉndez's punningly titled ""Ledras y latrillos/Bricks and Belles Ladders"" offers a metafictional narration: Centuries of Spanish literary heritage show their influence on a Chicano construction worker/writer; his language ranges from the baroque and medieval to standard Spanish to pages written in the Panchuco slang of the 1950's--a treasure trove for linguists and those who know the lingo, of much less interest to those who must read the accompanying English translation. Among the essays, Pat Mora's celebration of museums reads like a high-school assignment; Joel Hearty's ""Gardenia"" is a quiet yet powerful refutation of Reagan's condemnation of government programs as he shows how LB's programs brought his family into a ""decent, not a 'Great' society."" Good stories by Rainy Rivers and Margarita Tavern Rivers appear in both Spanish and English. In English, Dagoberto Glib and Ed Chávez write of decent, hard-working men who reduce their desires to almost nothing--and can't keep that either. Inexplicably, the anthology includes six poems about the Canary Islands, by Emilia Paredes, an author of Peruvian descent. Tatum commendably sought writers who did not appear in New Chicana/Chicano Writing 1 but could surely have found stronger work for an anthology this brief.

Pub Date: Dec. 22nd, 1992
Page count: 150pp
Publisher: Univ. of Arizona Press